The First NewsWed, 16 Jan 2019 23:22:30 +0100Why did Ewa Demarczyk, the ‘Dark Angel of Polish Song’ disappear from public eye at the height of her career?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/why-did-ewa-demarczyk-the-dark-angel-of-polish-song-disappear-from-public-eye-at-the-height-of-her-career-4244<p>She was one of the most significant Polish singers of all time.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:38:00 +0100US cyber commander warns countries to ‘wise up’ over the threat of cyber attackshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-cyber-commander-warns-countries-to-wise-up-over-the-threat-of-cyber-attacks-4242<p>A former Commander General in the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) has said that tougher regulations are needed by countries to combat cyber attacks.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:45:00 +0100Grandad who has 11 full Ironman Triathlons and 24-hour marathons under his belt now plans to be Ironman WORLD CHAMPIONhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grandad-who-has-11-full-ironman-triathlons-and-24-marathons-under-his-belt-now-plans-to-be-ironman-world-champion-4238<p>An ‘Ironman’ pensioner is looking to take on the world by winning this year’s Ironman World Championships.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:23:00 +0100District of death: New book tells chilling untold story of how Stalin’s notorious NKVD turned Warsaw district into death centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/district-of-death-new-book-tells-chilling-untold-story-of-how-stalins-notorious-nkvd-turned-warsaw-district-into-death-centre-4235<p>When the Red Army moved across the Vistula in Warsaw on 17 January 1945 as the last German units withdrew, the Soviets insisted on calling it a liberation.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:33:00 +0100Funeral Mass for late Gdańsk mayor at noon on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/funeral-mass-for-late-gdansk-mayor-at-noon-on-saturday-4232<p>A funeral Mass for the late Gdańsk mayor will take place at the St Mary's Basilica in the Baltic city at noon on Saturday.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:51:00 +0100Iga Świątek to play with Łukasz Kubot at Australian Openhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iga-swiatek-to-play-with-lukasz-kubot-at-australian-open-4229<p>Poles Iga Świątek and Łukasz Kubot gained the so-called 'wild card' and will play together at the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament, Artur Bochenek, from the Warsaw Sport Group Open, announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:18:00 +0100Police detain suspect for threatening to kill Donald Tuskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/police-detain-suspect-for-threatening-to-kill-donald-tusk-4227<p>Police in the northern Polish city of Gdańsk have detained a 48-year-old local resident suspected of making telephone death threats against European Council President and former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:23:00 +0100No-deal Brexit bad for UK, EU, Polish PM says after votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-deal-brexit-bad-for-uk-eu-polish-pm-says-after-vote-4225<p>A no-deal Brexit is a bad solution for both the United Kingdom and the European Union, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday after the British parliament rejected the UK-EU divorce deal brokered by British PM Theresa May.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:37:00 +0100As a new exhibition opens to celebrate the 150th birthday of an ‘immortal genius of the arts’, TFN explores the life and times of Stanisław Wyspiańskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-a-new-exhibition-opens-to-celebrate-the-150th-birthday-of-an-immortal-genius-of-the-arts-tfn-explores-the-life-and-times-of-stanislaw-wyspianski-4222<p>To celebrate the 150th birthday of one of Poland’s key cultural figures, the National Museum in Kraków has opened a new exhibition entitled “Wyspiański. Unknown” showing the artist’s work.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:25:00 +0100Taiwanese-based company to build factory in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taiwanese-based-company-to-build-factory-in-southern-poland-4220<p>The Taiwanese company Iron Force will build an automotive accessories factory in Zabrze, southern Poland, by the end of 2023, which will give jobs to more than a hundred people, Polish Trade and Investment Agency (PAIH) said in a press release on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:53:00 +0100Smashing Iga slams her way to second round of the Australian openerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smashing-iga-slams-her-way-to-second-round-of-the-australian-opener-4218<p>Poland's Iga Świątek is through to the second round of the Australian Open after beating Romania's Ana Bogdan.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:21:00 +0100Three held on hate crime charges after calling for ‘more murders’ following Gdańsk mayor killinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-held-on-hate-crime-charges-after-calling-for-more-murders-following-gdansk-mayor-killing-4216<p>Three men who called for ‘more murders’ following the killing of Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz have been detained.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:50:00 +0100‘Vocal countertenor sensation’ Philippe Jaroussky is to perform in Poland in 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vocal-countertenor-sensation-philippe-jaroussky-is-to-perform-in-poland-in-2019-4213<p>On July 3 the ICE Congress Centre in Kraków will host a concert by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, known for his excellent performances of early music.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:12:00 +0100The Berlin Philharmonic to perform in Poland in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-berliner-philharmonic-to-perform-in-poland-in-january-4210<p>Concert by the Berlin Philharmonic will highlight Poland's classical music scene in 2019.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:01:00 +0100Sound of silence: Thousands turn out to mourn death of Gdańsk mayor murdered at charity eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/sound-of-silence-thousands-turn-out-to-mourn-death-of-gdansk-mayor-murdered-at-charity-event-94<p>Following the news that Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz had died after been attacked by a schizophrenic with a knife during the closing stages of a fundraising event for children, people took to the streets to pay their respects.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:53:00 +0100December's CPI in Poland at 1.1 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-in-poland-at-11-pct-yy---stats-office-4208<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.1 percent year on year and remained flat month on month in December 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:56:00 +0100Presidential couple, diplomats pay homage to late Gdańsk mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-diplomats-pay-homage-to-late-gdansk-mayor-4207<p>President Andrzej Duda, his wife and foreign diplomats in Poland paid homage to Monday-deceased Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz, who died from knife wounds inflicted during a Sunday charity gala in Gdańsk.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:28:00 +0100Profile of a killer: Mayor murderer was schizophrenic bank robber, say officialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/profile-of-a-killer-mayor-murderer-was-schizophrenic-bank-robber-say-officials-4204<p>While being in jail, Stefan W. was diagnosed as having schizophrenia. He was under constant medical control while serving a jail term for bank robberies, PAP has unofficially determined.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:29:00 +0100Condolences pour in after death of Gdańsk Mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/condolences-pour-in-after-death-of-gdansk-mayor-4202<p>Condolences are coming in from around the world after the Monday death of Gdańsk, north Poland, Mayor Paweł Adamowicz. Adamowicz died of wounds inflicted by a knife attack on Sunday evening during a nationwide charity gala in Gdańsk.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:17:00 +0100Polish president, PM grieve over Gdańsk mayor's deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-grieve-over-gdansk-mayors-death-4197<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki have expressed sorrow over the death of Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz, who was stabbed onstage in his city during a nationwide charity event on Sunday. Adamowicz died of wounds on Monday afternoon.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:53:00 +0100Gdańsk mayor dies after ex-con plunges knife into his heart during children’s charity eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-mayor-dies-after-ex-con-plunges-knife-into-his-heart-during-childrens-charity-event-4188<p>Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz has died after being repeatedly stabbed during a charity event on Sunday.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:56:00 +0100‘Harrowing’ documentary winning hearts and nominations wows at NY Film Noir screeninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-documentary-winning-hearts-and-nominations-wows-at-ny-film-noir-screening-4186<p>A Polish documentary feature film about a dysfunctional family has been shortlisted to be an Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:01:00 +0100150th anniversary of the birth of the great artist - Stanisław Wyspiańskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/150th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-the-great-artist---stanislaw-wyspianski-4184<p>January 15 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Wyspiański.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:46:00 +0100Poland's industrial production up in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-november---eurostat-4183<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.3 percent year on year in November 2018, after a growth of 5.0 percent in October, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:04:00 +0100Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity finale raises over EUR 21.4 mlnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-finale-raises-over-eur-214-mln-4179<p>The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) raised more than PLN 92 mln (EUR 21.4 mln) during its 27th finale on Sunday, WOŚP has told PAP. This year, Poland's biggest fundraising event collected funds to purchase equipment for children's hospitals.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:11:00 +0100Brief encounter: passengers take to the metro in their underwearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brief-encounter-passengers-take-to-the-metro-in-their-underwear-4176<p>Some of the bold and the brave of Warsaw shed their inhibitions on Sunday and took to the Warsaw underground to ride it minus their trousers.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 22:23:00 +0100PM condemns attack on Gdańsk mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-condemns-attack-on-gdansk-mayor-4174<p>The Polish PM condemned the attack on the mayor of Gdansk (northern Poland) during the 27th finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) in the Baltic city of Gdańsk on Sunday evening.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 21:23:00 +0100Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity finale on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-finale-on-sunday-4172<p>Poland's Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) held its 27th finale on Sunday to collect funds for equipment for children's hospitals.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:55:00 +0100Poland's ski jumper wins World Cup Large Hill on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ski-jumper-wins-world-cup-large-hill-on-sunday-4170<p>Dawid Kubacki of Poland won the World Cup Men's Individual Large Hill ski jumping competition in Predazzo, Italy, on Sunday.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:44:00 +0100Leading Lights: Warsaw’s neon revivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leading-lights-warsaws-neon-revival-4165<p>On an empty, rain slicked street, a tram emerges from the blackness, rumbling and rolling under the soft, sensual light of a glimmering neon sign. In moments, it’s gone; again, we are alone, the only colour coming from the pulsating glow of neon and its reflection in the puddles.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:47:00 +0100Polish skater wins gold at Short Track Speed Skating Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-skater-wins-gold-at-short-track-speed-skating-championships-4163<p>Poland's Natalia Maliszewska has won gold at the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Dordrecht, the Netherlands.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:19:00 +0100Wieliczka salt mine attracts record number of visitors in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wieliczka-salt-mine-attracts-record-number-of-visitors-in-2018-4161<p>Nearly 1.75 million tourists from 170 countries visited the Wieliczka salt mine, outside the southern Polish city of Kraków in 2018, 50,000 more than in the previous year, Zbigniew Zarębski head of the mine told PAP.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:56:00 +0100Europe’s "biggest" roofed water park aims to open with a splash this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-biggest-roofed-water-park-aims-to-open-with-a-splash-this-year-4157<p>One of Europe’s biggest water parks is on course to open this year, bringing it with some 32 slides, pools covering 3,500 square metres and a “water jungle”.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:41:00 +0100Coffee, cigarettes and film: the punishing lifestyle of Krzysztof Kieślowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coffee-cigarettes-and-film-the-punishing-lifestyle-of-krzysztof-kieslowski-4155<p>Krzysztof Kieślowski, the internationally acclaimed film director, led a lifestyle that would have driven a health expert to drink, with the famed filmmaker fuelled by nothing more than caffeine, nicotine and occasional trips to McDonalds when abroad.</p>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 12:05:00 +0100Polish government prepares Brexit bill on rights of Britons in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-prepares-brexit-bill-on-rights-of-britons-in-poland-4152<p>The Polish government has prepared a bill regulating the immigration status of British citizens residing in Poland after the UK’s planned departure from the European Union in March.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:36:00 +0100Life in the fast lane: the incredible life and times of Józef Czapskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-in-the-fast-lane-the-incredible-life-and-times-of-jozef-czapski-4148<p>Few people would dispute the fact that the life of Józef Czapski reads as if it was lifted from the pages of a thriller. The aristocrat, who died on January 12, 26 years ago, led a life packed with adventure, and at times contradiction, which took him through three wars, a spell of pacifism, and high-art culture.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:50:00 +0100Retiring tennis star Agnieszka Radwańska honoured by presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retiring-tennis-star-agnieszka-radwanska-honoured-by-president-4146<p>Agnieszka Radwańska, one of Poland’s most successful tennis players of all time and one of the leading lights of the international women’s game over the last decade, has been honoured by President Andrzej Duda.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 15:06:00 +0100Central Polish city of Łódź to celebrate 22nd Judaism Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-polish-city-of-lodz-to-celebrate-22nd-judaism-day-4145<p>A special service celebrated by Łódź metropolitan bishop Grzegorz Ryś and Łódź rabbi Dawid Szychowski and a conference in the city's Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre will mark the 22nd Judaism Day on January 17.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:23:00 +0100Not so grave: archaeologists discover “prince’s” tomb full of ancient treasurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-so-grave-archaeologists-discover-princes-tomb-full-of-ancient-treasure-4142<p>An ancient tomb packed with riches has been unearthed by archaeologists in the northern region of Mazowieckie, east of the River Vistula.</p>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:06:00 +0100US to host Middle East focused conference in Poland next monthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-to-host-middle-east-focused-conference-in-poland-next-month-4139<p>The United States will hold a global conference in Poland devoted to the situation in the Middle East, especially in Iran, the US Department of State informed on Friday. The conference is scheduled on February 13-14.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:44:00 +0100Computer boffs send filmmakers wild with their new comic-strip makerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/computer-boffs-send-filmmakers-wild-with-their-new-comic-strip-maker-4136<p>A group of IT students are sending filmmakers and comic book publishers into a frenzy with a new algorithm which can convert film into a comic strip.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:38:00 +0100Lublin scientists who laser-scanned ancient city of Samarkand open exhibition to show off their workhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-scientists-who-laser-scanned-ancient-city-of-samarkand-open-exhibition-to-show-off-their-work-4132<p>A new exhibition curated by scientists from the Lublin University of Technology will open today to showcase their first expedition to the ancient city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan and their growing cooperation with the academics from the Samarkand State University (SamSU).</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:12:00 +0100Pole and Chinese national detained for spying - security agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-and-chinese-national-detained-for-spying---security-agency-4131<p>Piotr D., a Pole, and Wejing W., a Chinese national, (full names withheld under Polish law) were arrested by the Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) on Tuesday and charged with spying.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:41:00 +0100The American who conquered Polish hearts: Interview with singer Nick Sincklerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-american-who-conquered-polish-hearts-interview-with-singer-nick-sinckler-258<p>Originally from the USA, Nick Sinckler conquered Polish hearts when he appeared on a Polish singing competition back in 2010. Viewers were blown away by his incredible voice and his positive outlook on life. Since then Nick has gone on to tour Poland and the world and work with dozens of top Polish singers and producers - and has never lost his sunny disposition. During the show Nick sings two acapella versions from his Polish language album 11x11. Discover how Nick moved to Poland and built up his career, the adventures and challenges he faced along the way and what he loves and dislikes about the country. The show is hosted by Patrick Ney.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:07:00 +0100True to her word: Kulczyk’s eagerly awaited mountain-top art museum opens to the public with ‘feminist’ exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/true-to-her-word-kulczyks-eagerly-awaited-mountain-top-art-museum-opens-to-the-public-with-feminist-exhibition-4128<p>A new museum in Switzerland founded by one of the richest Poles, Grażyna Kulczyk, has opened with a “feminist” exhibition showcasing women artists, including several Poles.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:40:00 +0100New collection of writings by Czesław Miłosz show author’s ‘internal dilemmas’ in the face of totalitarianismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-collection-of-writings-by-czeslaw-milosz-show-authors-internal-dilemmas-in-the-face-of-totalitarianism-4125<p>Few writers have captured the dilemmas faced by 20th Century intellectuals caught between fascism and communism as well as Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:51:00 +0100Tomasz Bagiński: From lowly student to executive producer of Netflix series ‘The Witcher’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tomasz-baginski-from-lowly-student-to-executive-producer-of-netflix-series-the-witcher-4120<p>Tomasz Bagiński, once a prodigy child of Polish computer-aided animation, does not deny the roots he grew from. But today, as a mature and experienced creator, he preferred to be referred as film-maker and producer.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 19:50:00 +0100Treasure hunters swamp Baltic coast in search of amber stoneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-hunters-swamp-baltic-coast-in-search-of-amber-stones-4118<p>Crowds have descended on the beaches of the Baltic in the hope of finding amber thrown up by a storm.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:51:00 +0100Sejm speaker congratulates new head of US House of Representativeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-speaker-congratulates-new-head-of-us-house-of-representatives-4115<p>Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Marek Kuchciński congratulated Nancy Pelosi on her selection as the head of the United States House of Representatives. He expressed hope that the excellent relations between Poland and USA will continue to develop.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:11:00 +0100Yoga lover turns plastic bottles into fancy eco-friendly yoga pants - and they are comfier than they soundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yoga-lover-turns-plastic-bottles-into-fancy-eco-friendly-yoga-pants---and-they-are-comfier-than-they-sound-4111<p>An entrepreneurial Yoga enthusiast is promoting her love for mother earth by setting up the first company in Poland to produce stylish yoga pants made from recycled plastic bottles.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:06:00 +0100Roma victims of Nazi German ghetto honoured in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roma-victims-of-nazi-german-ghetto-honoured-in-poland-4110<p>The Roma victims of a World War II-era Jewish ghetto were honoured in a ceremony in the central Polish city of Łódź on Thursday.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:28:00 +0100Polish organisations join forces to aid Yemenishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-organisations-join-forces-to-aid-yemenis-4108<p>Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) and Caritas Polska have joined forces to help people in Yemen. Funds conveyed by the two organisations will be spent on additional medical equipment at a local Yemeni clinic.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:55:00 +0100A-MAZE-ing snow maze bigger than TEN tennis courts is the world’s largesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-maze-ing-snow-maze-bigger-than-ten-tennis-courts-is-the-worlds-largest-4106<p>The world’s biggest snow maze, with dozens of winding alleys and walls made of ice two-metres thick, has returned to the ski resort of Zakopane.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:55:00 +0100Space photographer captures ‘mind-blowing’ images of distant galaxies – from his MUM’S GARDENhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-photographer-captures-mind-blowing-images-of-distance-galaxies--from-his-mums-garden-4103<p>A photography enthusiast is sending the internet wild with his stunning pictures of outer space.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 20:03:00 +0100Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-4101<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:26:00 +0100The painting on the left is worth around $90 million, the other was done by an ORANGUTAN and is now up for auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-painting-on-the-left-is-worth-around-90-million-the-other-was-done-by-an-orangutan-and-is-now-up-for-auction-4099<p>A painting by an orangutan has been put up for auction to help raise money for charity.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:54:00 +0100How can Poland maintain its economic growth, asks economist Marcin Piątkowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-can-poland-maintain-its-economic-growth-asks-economist-marcin-piatkowski-4097<p>Thirty years after the fall of communism in 1989, what can Poland do to maintain its impressive growth and strengthen its economic position in the European Union?</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:17:00 +0100Poland's unemployment rate at 3.8 percent in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-38-percent-in-november---eurostat-4095<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unemployment rate remained flat month on month at 3.8 percent in November 2018, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:19:00 +0100Intimate new biography lifts the lid on ‘stage sorceress’ Hanka Ordonównahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/intimate-new-biography-lifts-the-lid-on-stage-sorceress-hanka-ordonowna-4093<p>Known as the “sorceress of the stage”, Hanka Ordonówna charmed theatre and cinema audiences in interwar Poland with her songs and cabaret performances.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 11:55:00 +0100Warsaw's Modlin airport serviced over 3 mln passengers in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-modlin-airport-serviced-over-3-mln-passengers-in-2018-4091<p>Warsaw Modlin Airport serviced 3,081,966 mln passengers in 2018, the airport has reported. The figure represents a 5.1 percent growth compared to last year.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:01:00 +0100Poland's GDP growth to reach 4.0 pct in 2019 - World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-reach-40-pct-in-2019---world-bank-4089<p>Poland's economic growth will reach 4.0 percent in 2019, the World Bank has announced, having revised upwards its October 2018 forecast of 3.9 percent.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 09:19:00 +0100Poland backs EC in combating disinformationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-ec-in-combating-disinformation-4088<p>Poland supports the EC's plan to fight disinformation, Poland's European affairs minister Konrad Szymański said after a Tuesday meeting of EU European ministers in brussels.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 20:14:00 +0100Łódź has Poland's 1st multi-generational homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-has-polands-1st-multi-generational-home-4086<p>Poland's first multi-generational home is ready for use in Łódź, central Poland, city authorities informed on Tuesday. The renovated building's tenants will be disabled persons, seniors and families with children.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 19:49:00 +0100Companies looking to hire more staff in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/companies-looking-to-hire-more-staff-in-2019-4084<p>Over 80 percent of Polish firms are looking to take on more employees and raise salaries in 2019, according to a new report.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:57:00 +0100Poland's exports rise by 4.3 pct y/y in November - business chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-rise-by-43-pct-yy-in-november---business-chamber-4082<p>Poland's exports increased by 4.3 percent year on year and fell 3.2 percent month on month in November 2018, Piotr Soroczyński, the chief economist with the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG), said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:04:00 +0100Zbigniew Cybulski: Chronicle of a Death Foretoldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zbigniew-cybulski-chronicle-of-a-death-foretold-4080<p>The death of Poland’s most popular film actor was a tragic accident. But to an extent it wasn’t a surprise. Zbigniew Cybulski, known as the “Polish James Dean” for his nonconformist roles and early death, diced with death and trains throughout his life.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 16:36:00 +0100Film from 20-year-old producer going for gold in prestigious Hollywood festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-from-20-year-old-producer-going-for-gold-in-prestigious-hollywood-festival-4077<p>A short film by an up-and-coming young film maker has been shortlisted for Hollywood’s 48 International Short Film Festival awards.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:39:00 +0100The man behind Polański’s ‘dark and disturbing’ The Tenant, Roland Topor would have been 80 todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-behind-polanskis-dark-and-disturbing-the-tenant-roland-topor-wouldve-turned-80-today-4073<p>It is easy to see how Topor’s 1964 novel Le Locataire chimérique (The Tenant) is more than a discreet nod to this ancestry.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 20:37:00 +0100Up, up and a YAY! Kubacki soars to victory with record-breaking ski jumphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-up-and-a-yay-kubacki-soars-to-victory-with-record-breaking-ski-jump-4071<p>Ski jumping ace Dawid Kubacki has set a new hill record during qualifying jumps at the Four Hills Ski Tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 17:31:00 +0100Don’t let U.S. down! Tulia forced to cancel first U.S. gig after being REFUSED entry ahead of NBA debuthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dont-let-us-down-tulia-forced-to-cancel-first-us-gig-over-visa-row-ahead-of-nba-debut-4069<p>Polish folk band Tulia, who have taken the internet by storm with their quirky ‘screechy’ singing, have cancelled a planned NBA performance in America due to ‘visa issues’.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:42:00 +0100Retail sales in Poland up y/y in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-in-poland-up-yy-in-november---eurostat-4066<p>Polish retail sales grew by 4.7 percent year on year in November 2018 after a 4.8 percent increase in October. Month on month, retail sales rose by 2.1 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:13:00 +0100A 'Brit of good news' for opera director as he receives Polish citizenship for outstanding work promoting Polish culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-brit-of-good-news-for-opera-director-as-he-receives-polish-citizenship-for-outstanding-work-promoting-polish-culture-4063<p>Leading Brit opera director David Pountney has been awarded Polish citizenship in honour of his work with Polish music.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:42:00 +0100LOT inaugurates Warsaw-London City routehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-inaugurates-warsaw-london-city-route-4061<p>PLL LOT, on Monday, inaugurated its Warsaw-London City connection. Due to a short runway and a steep approach angle at the London City (LCY) airport, LOT has acquired four Embraer 190 passenger planes to specifically handle connections to LCY.</p>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:49:00 +0100The Un-Finnish-Ed Business: a historic village-style community in the heart of Warsaw is teaching the city how to live for tomorrowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-un-finnish-ed-business-a-historic-village-style-community-in-the-heart-of-warsaw-is-teaching-the-city-how-to-live-for-tomorrow-4057<p>The year is 1945, and as the fragmented remnants of the Polish capital’s pre-war population stream back to Warsaw they are met with a scene of apocalyptic devastation. Eighty-five percent of their town smoulders in ruins and whole communities have been destroyed. But there is hope. Despite Stalin’s long, dark shadow, there is an urgency and ambition to rebuild from scratch.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 21:16:00 +0100PM sends Xmas wishes to Orthodox Churchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-sends-xmas-wishes-to-orthodox-church-4055<p>I want to convey my most cordial wishes to all members of the Eastern Church in Poland. Let this feast bring you happiness, understanding, forgiveness and warmth, PM Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on the eve of the Orthodox Church's Christmas Day (on or around January 7).</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 19:56:00 +0100Poland for opening business lobbying centre in Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-opening-business-lobbying-centre-in-brussels-4054<p>Poland's Entrepreneurship and Technology Ministry has expressed its support for the opening in Brussels of a business lobbying centre for Polish entrepreneurs.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 19:28:00 +0100Three Kings take to the streets in Christmas cavalcadeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/three-kings-take-to-the-streets-in-christmas-cavalcades-93<p>Take a stroll through a town on January 6 and there is a fair chance you’ll run into the Three Wise Men backed by a procession.</p><p>The recounting the story of the Nativity of Jesus in the form of a play called Jasełka has been an important part of Polish Christmas’s celebrations for centuries, and the three kings have always been an important part of the pageant.</p><p>For a long, long time the plays were held in churches and schools but in 2009 teachers and pupils at the Żagle private school moved the traditional Jasełka onto the streets of Warsaw making it similar to the traditional Spanish or Mexican cavalcades of the Magi.</p><p>The idea was so popular that within a few years it had spread across the country. The small suburban town of Nadarzyn lying to the south-east of Warsaw, for example, has had its own cavalcade for five years now, with more and more faithful of St. Clement’s, the local parish, taking part both as actors and spectators. Bursting with colour and joy, the cavalcades are seen as evidence how old traditions can be given a new lease of life.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 16:29:00 +0100Łódź’s Jewish community plans to build first new synagogue in Poland since Second World Warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodzs-jewish-community-plans-to-build-first-new-synagogue-in-poland-since-second-world-war-4052<p>The Jewish community in Łódź is planning to build the first new synagogue in Poland since the Second World War. Construction of the synagogue, which will stand on Pomorska Street 18 next to the current Jewish community building, is due to start in the spring.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 12:22:00 +0100Polish researchers develop method to recycle pharmaceutical packaginghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-researchers-develop-method-to-recycle-pharmaceutical-packaging-4049<p>Researchers from the University of Łódź, central Poland have patented an innovative method to effectively recover aluminum and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from pharmaceutical blister waste.</p>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 09:11:00 +0100Tails From The Underground: cats & vodka in the subterranean depths of Warsaw’s Palace Of Culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tails-from-the-underground-cats--vodka-in-the-subterranean-depths-of-warsaws-palace-of-culture-4047<p>Loved by some, loathed by more, no building in Poland matches Warsaw’s Palace of Culture &amp; Science (PKiN) for size, stories and controversy.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 21:09:00 +0100Warsaw Central Station named after Polish composerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-central-station-named-after-polish-composer-4046<p>Stanisław Moniuszko, an outstanding 19th-century Polish composer, dubbed father of the Polish national opera, was named the patron of the Central Railway Station in Warsaw on Saturday.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 18:55:00 +0100Poles vie for chequered flag in dangerous and sometimes lethal Dakar Rallyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-vie-for-chequered-flag-in-dangerous-and-sometimes-lethal-dakar-rally-4045<p>Eleven Poles will get behind the wheel to take part in the gruelling and dangerous Dakar Rally that snakes its way through 5,500 kilometres of punishing Peruvian landscapes.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:37:00 +0100Łódź rings in “year of Marek Edelman” as city remembers one of its most famous sonshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-rings-in-year-of-marek-edelman-as-city-remembers-one-of-its-most-famous-sons-4043<p>The people of Łódź gathered together on Friday to honour the extraordinary life of one of their most eminent and loved former citizens, Marek Edelman – Warsaw Ghetto fighter, Warsaw Uprising insurgent, distinguished doctor and social activist.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 12:02:00 +0100Warsaw airport services over 17 mln passengers in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-services-over-17-mln-passengers-in-2018-4041<p>Warsaw's Chopin Airport, Poland's largest international airport, serviced a record-high 17.76 million passenger last year, 12.7 percent more than in 2017, the airport announced on Friday.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 10:31:00 +0100Auschwitz Museum attracts over 2 mln visitors in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-attracts-over-2-mln-visitors-in-2018-4039<p>Over 2.15 million people visited the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, in southern Poland in 2018, the Auschwitz Museum wrote on its website on Friday. This is almost 50,000 more visitors than in 2017.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:59:00 +0100‘Floating’ house made of MIRRORS is perfect place for quiet reflectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/floating-house-made-of-mirrors-is-perfect-place-for-quiet-reflection-91<p>Amid the sounds of woodland creatures, earthy scents and towering 100 year old pines, there sits a reality-altering home on the outskirts of the Polish forest, Kampinos.</p><p>Aptly named Mirror Home, the two-storey family house, which is located an hour away from the capital, Warsaw, &nbsp;was conceptualised by award winning architect Marcin Tomaszewski and his studio, REFORM.&nbsp;</p><p>Tomaszewski told TFN: “Mirror Home is unique for many reasons. Due to the extensive, naturally tree-lined plot, an important decision to make was how to merge the location of the house, the design, and its relationship with the environment.”</p><p>The structure hangs seemingly suspended in a grassy forest clearing, disturbing none of the surrounding environment. But the mind-warping ‘hover’ effect of the home is actually owed to the clever reflective panels covering the lower half of the building.</p><p>Since its creation in 2015, the building has made some noise on the design scene, even scooping up the German design special award in 2016.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:46:00 +0100US think tank teams up with PKO Bank Polski for cybersecurity conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-think-tank-teams-up-with-pko-bank-polski-for-cybersecurity-conference-4038<p>As part of a movement to fortify Poland’s future growth and strengthen Polish and US relations, American think tank Atlantic Council and PKO Bank Polski have announced a major cyber conference to be held this month.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:55:00 +0100Top classical music artists to perform in Poland this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-classical-music-artists-to-perform-in-poland-this-year-4037<p>Concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees and performances by violinist Isabelle Faust and countertenor Philippe Jaroussky will highlight Poland's classical music scene in 2019.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:35:00 +0100Underground hideout of man who escaped Treblinka death camp TWICE found beneath old barnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/underground-hideout-of-man-who-escaped-treblinka-death-camp-twice-found-beneath-old-barn-4034<p>A Polish woman whose grandparents helped save Jews during WWII by hiding them in their home made a startling discovery when she was clearing out an old barn and found a secret hiding place.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:48:00 +0100December's CPI inflation in Poland at 1.1 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-inflation-in-poland-at-11-pct-yy---stats-office-4033<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.1 percent year on year and remained unchanged month on month in December 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 11:35:00 +0100Who’s the Daddy! ‘Father of Polish opera’ commemorated by having WHOLE of 2019 dedicated to himhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whos-the-daddy-father-of-polish-opera-commemorated-by-having-whole-of-2019-dedicated-to-him-4030<p>To mark the 200th anniversary of composer, conductor and musician Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth, 2019 is to named the Year of Moniuszko.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 21:08:00 +0100Hollywoods’s first femme fatale would be 122 today. And she was Polish!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hollywoodss-first-femme-fatale-would-be-122-today-and-she-was-polish-4026<p>The first European star of Hollywood’s silver screen, Poland’s Pola Negri, was born 122 years ago today.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:20:00 +0100Kraków airport handles over 6 mln passengers in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-handles-over-6-mln-passengers-in-2018-4025<p>The Kraków-Balice International Airport in southeastern Poland handled a record-high 6,769,369 passengers last year, 16 percent more than in 2017, the airport announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:35:00 +0100Archeologists discover ancient fortress was used to guard port that sent elephants to warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-discover-ancient-fortress-was-used-to-guard-port-that-sent-elephants-to-war-4022<p>An ancient fortress that protected a Red Sea port which sent elephants to war has been discovered in Egypt by Polish archeologists.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:20:00 +0100Magic mushrooms? Could fungus found in Polish forest help cure cancer?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/magic-mushrooms-could-fungus-found-in-polish-forest-help-cure-cancer-4020<p>Fungus found in a Polish forest could be used as a potential cure for bowel cancer, according to research in at the Medical University and the University of Technology in Białystok.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:07:00 +0100BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform one concert in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bbc-symphony-orchestra-to-perform-one-concert-in-poland-4018<p>The BBC Symphony Orchestra will give its only concert in Poland on Jan. 6. Those in attendance at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in the north-western city of Szczecin will have the opportunity to listen to Polish music played by British musicians.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:33:00 +0100Germany pledges 1 mln Euro to help fund construction of museum at former Nazi-German death camp Sobibórhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germany-pledges-1-mln-euro-to-help-fund-construction-of-museum-at-former-nazi-german-death-camp-sobibor-4014<p>The German government has promised funding of EUR 1 million for the museum complex currently being built at the site of the former German extermination camp in Sobibór in eastern Poland.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 19:03:00 +0100Poland’s Top Guns take control of patrolling skies over Baltic Stateshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-guns-take-control-of-patrolling-skies-over-baltic-states-4011<p>Polish F-16 fighter pilots have taken over policing the skies over the Baltic States.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 15:32:00 +0100It’s a world record! After six years artist’s work FINALLY recognised as being a record breakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-world-record-after-six-years-artists-work-finally-recognised-as-being-a-record-breaker-4009<p>An artist’s dream of having his wall art recognised as being the largest pencil mural in the world has finally come true after it was officially declared by the Guinness Book of Records.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 14:19:00 +0100Polish PM expects big changes in Brussels after European electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-expects-big-changes-in-brussels-after-european-elections-4008<p>The Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki has told The Financial Times that this year's elections to the European Parliament" will lead to big changes for Brussels." He also criticised the EC's actions regarding judicial reforms in Poland.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:19:00 +0100Polish archaeologists discover unique Mayan bathhouse in Guatemalahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-discover-unique-mayan-bathhouse-in-guatemala-4007<p>Polish archaeologists have discovered in the ancient Mayan city of Nakum in Guatemala a unique, over 2,500 years old steam bath carved in the rock.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:12:00 +0100Polish Council of Christians and Jews awards Greek-Catholic priesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-council-of-christians-and-jews-awards-greek-catholic-priest-4005<p>A Greek-Catholic priest from the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God Church in Komańcza (south-east Poland) is the laureate of the Father Roman Indrzejczyk award for 2018.</p><p><br></p>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 22:43:00 +010090th anniversary of reintroduction of European bison to Polish foresthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/90th-anniversary-of-reintroduction-of-european-bison-to-polish-forest-4002<p>New publications and scientific conferences are part of the activities planned by the Białowieża National Park in 2019 to mark the 90th anniversary of the reintroduction of European bison to the Białowieża Forest, in northeastern Poland.</p>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 22:04:00 +0100The future’s bright for Poland’s economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-futures-bright-for-polands-economy-4000<p>Despite trade tensions between the world’s major economies as well as the expected global economic slowdown that is likely to affect Poland’s main trading partner, Germany, the country’s economy is expected to continue growing this year although at a smaller pace than in 2018.</p>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 14:51:00 +0100Meet the teenage guitar sensation whose incredible finger work has sent the internet wild, and who you’ve probably never heard ofhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meet-the-teenage-guitar-sensation-whose-incredible-finger-work-has-sent-the-internet-wild-and-who-youve-probably-never-heard-of-3997<p>A teenage guitarist has sent the internet into meltdown with his stunning classical music performances.</p>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 17:58:00 +0100FM lays down plans for coming yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-lays-down-plans-for-coming-year-3995<p>Averting threats from Russia, EU-US relations and strengthening the EU's economy will be among Poland's foreign policy priorities in 2019, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told PAP on Monday.</p>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 13:06:00 +0100Wrocław to host 42nd European Youth Meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-to-host-42nd-european-youth-meeting-3993<p>The 42nd European Youth Meeting will take place from December 28, 2019 to January 1, 2020 in Wrocław, southwestern Poland, Brother Alois, the head of the event-organising Taize Community, announced on Sunday in Madrid, the site of the ongoing 41st meeting.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 20:07:00 +0100Hungarian news agency sums up past year in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hungarian-news-agency-sums-up-past-year-in-poland-3992<p>The outgoing year in Poland was marked by intensive political activity, including a government reshuffle, a dispute with the EC around judicial laws and independence centenary celebrations, Hungary's MTI news agency wrote on Sunday.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 19:58:00 +0100Gingerbread of heaven: Toruń’s appetite for consumption laid bare in gingerbread museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gingerbread-of-heaven-toruns-appetite-for-consumption-laid-bare-in-gingerbread-museum-3990<p>“So fine is Toruń,” wrote the medieval chronicler Jan Długosz, “that perhaps nothing can rival it in terms of beauty, location and luminous buildings.” Over five-hundred years on, and his words still carry weight; a city of soaring steeples and striking Gothic swagger, it’s rightfully regarded as one of Poland’s great glories.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 19:41:00 +0100Here today, gone tomorrow: new exhibition shows how statues went in out of political fashionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/here-today-gone-tomorrow-new-exhibition-shows-how-statues-went-in-out-of-political-fashion-89<p>The turbulent years that gripped Central and Eastern European countries for a large chunk of the last century, and the totalitarian regimes that ensnared them, made life hard for monuments and statues. They were meant to stay, untouched and worshipped for centuries, but in reality some of them lasted no more than a few decades or even just a few years. A new exhibition at Warsaw’s Museum of Sculpture, entitled ‘Monument. Central and Eastern Europe 1918–2018’, reminds visitors of the fickle hand of political fate dealt to many of these objects of art.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 16:03:00 +0100From Yiddish folk to tango: Poland’s dazzling interwar music gets new lease of life in modern culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-yiddish-folk-to-tango-polands-dazzling-interwar-music-gets-new-lease-of-life-in-modern-culture-3988<p>After almost 90 years, the opulence of interwar Polish art is returning to the airwaves, screens and stages of Poland, as contemporary artists draw on the culture that helped forge the nation after 1918.</p>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:59:00 +0100Serving up a treat: star chef Michał Bryś talks about the inspiration and passions behind his foodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/serving-up-a-treat-star-chef-michal-brys-talks-about-the-inspiration-and-passions-behind-his-food-3986<p>Michał Bryś is a man of many talents. Award winning chef, restaurant owner, baker, brewer, judge of the Bake Off Polish edition, TV and music producer and actor, to name just a few. But with food a prominent feature on his CV it comes as no surprise that cooking is his all-consuming passion.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 20:51:00 +0100Another artefact stolen during WWII returns to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-artefact-stolen-during-wwii-returns-to-poland-3984<p>The 17th-century diary of Melchior Lucas, stolen during the Second World War, has returned to Poland and has been handed over to the Wrocław University Library.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 17:51:00 +0100Sopot Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra to play in Viennahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sopot-philharmonic-chamber-orchestra-to-play-in-vienna-3983<p>On January 12, the Sopot Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will appear at the Grosser Sall, also known as the "Great Hall" due to its highly regarded acoustics, in the Musikverein in Vienna.</p><p><br></p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 15:51:00 +0100Starry, starry night: village promotes its “dark sky status” to let people see the heavenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/starry-starry-night-village-promotes-its-dark-sky-status-to-let-people-see-the-heavens-3981<p>Christmas is the time when many Poles look to the sky, waiting for the “first star”—the sign that Jesus is born and also the trigger to start Christmas dinner. But with pollution in the form of light can often hide the star unless, that is, you happen to be in the small Beskidy village of Sopotnia Wielka.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 15:42:00 +0100Game changing the Polish business community: Interview with Kari Mruzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/game-changing-the-polish-business-community-interview-with-kari-mruz-255<p>Kari Mruz is an American with distant Polish roots. Having moved to Poland just a few months ago she’s in the process of discovering Polish culture, history and society and adapting to life in Poland. Kari is part of a major new business and cultural programme by the Cambridge Innovation Center, one of the world’s biggest business and entrepreneurship incubators with business centre around the world, housed in the Varos Place complex, a major new development in the heart of Warsaw. Hear Kari’s story and find out more about the project in this episode of Heart of Poland with our host, Patrick Ney.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 13:37:00 +0100Polish film ‘Werewolf’ takes a bite out of the opposition at Tallinn film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-werewolf-takes-a-bite-out-of-the-opposition-at-tallinn-film-festival-3979<p>Hungry wolves, a deserted mansion in the forest and wartime atrocities come together in the Polish film ‘Werewolf’ that picked up an award at the 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 12:22:00 +0100Poland sends aid to refugees in Greecehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-aid-to-refugees-in-greece-3978<p>Poland will provide 188 tonnes of hygiene products and school articles for refugees in Greece, Poland's Humanitarian Aid Minister Beata Kempa informed on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 20:55:00 +0100Ten new towns to appear on map of Poland in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-new-towns-to-appear-on-map-of-poland-in-2019-3977<p>There will be ten new towns in Poland in 2019 under a decision taken by the government, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration announced in a press release on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 19:22:00 +0100Fascinating 17th century 'social document' plundered during WWII recovered after being put up for auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-17th-century-social-document-plundered-during-wwii-recovered-after-being-put-up-for-auction-3975<p>A beautifully illustrated 17th century diary that was looted during WWII has been returned to Poland after being put up for auction in Germany.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 18:56:00 +0100Now, that’s JUICY! Space engineers prepare for Jupiter ‘penetration’ mission called JUICEhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-thats-juicy-space-engineers-prepare-for-jupiter-penetration-mission-called-juice-3972<p>Equipment built by a Warsaw-based space company is being sent to Jupiter to help explore the planet’s moons.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:49:00 +0100The Kings of Heavy Metal: Pruszków Scrapyard Leads The Way In Recycled Sculpturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-kings-of-heavy-metal-pruszkow-scrapyard-leads-the-way-in-recycled-sculpture-3968<p>When challenged to think of Pruszków there are those that would recall its role in the brief but brutal mafia wars of the 90s, and yet others who would recognize the local football club as the starting platform in Robert Lewandowski’s glittering career.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:40:00 +0100Ryanair increases fleet, connections from Kraków Airporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ryanair-increases-fleet-connections-from-krakow-airport-3966<p>Irish low-cost air carrier Ryanair has announced it is to add a sixth plane to its fleet at Kraków (southern Poland) Airport next summer and add six new connections from that location.</p>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:42:00 +0100Polish flag carrier named best Eastern European airlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-named-best-eastern-european-airline-3964<p>LOT Polish Airlines, the flag carrier of Poland, has won the title of the Best Airline in Eastern Europe from US magazine Global Traveler, LOT's press office said on Thursday. The Polish company finished ahead of Russia's Aeroflot and Hungary's Wizzair.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 19:20:00 +0100One of Poland’s few successful insurgencies against foreign oppression, the Wielkopolska Uprising took place 100 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-polands-few-successful-insurgencies-against-foreign-oppression-the-wielkopolska-uprising-took-place-100-years-ago-today-3962<p>Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Wielkopolska Uprising, a spontaneous military insurrection of Poles against German rule.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 17:38:00 +0100No terrorist incidents during COP 24 in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-terrorist-incidents-during-cop-24-in-poland-3961<p>There were no terrorist incidents reported during the COP 24 climate summit in Poland's southern city of Katowice, PAP was told on Thursday by the spokesperson of the minister coordinator of special services.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 15:45:00 +0100Mural that ‘changes with the seasons’ appears in honour of singing icon Korahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mural-that-changes-with-the-seasons-appears-in-honour-of-singing-icon-kora-3960<p>The memory of the famous singer Kora has been honoured with a huge mural on Warsaw’s most prestigious street - and it will change with the seasons.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:37:00 +0100Lost for over 70 years, rare Great Synagogue candle found after fears it had been looted by Nazi Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lost-for-over-70-years-rare-great-synagogue-candle-found-after-fears-it-had-been-looted-by-nazi-germany-3958<p>A rare eternal candle, the single vestige of a synagogue looted and destroyed by Nazi-Germans during WWII, has been discovered in the town of Tarnów where it lay hidden for 79 years.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:21:00 +0100Over 8,700 Syrian families have received aid from Caritas Polskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-8700-syrian-families-have-received-aid-from-caritas-polska-3954<p>Caritas Polska has given assistance to more than 8,700 Syrian families, implemented 150 economic projects and funded scholarships for 200 students from Aleppo, the charity organisation has informed PAP.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:25:00 +0100Ever more foreigners want to work in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ever-more-foreigners-want-to-work-in-poland-3952<p>Some 235,600 work permit were issued last year to foreigners in Poland, with the number expected to be higher this year. The figure is almost twice that of 2016 with 81.7 percent of permits going to Ukrainians.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:18:00 +0100All I want for Christmas is…tunes: TFN takes a look at the family tradition of carol singinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-i-want-for-christmas-istunes-tfn-takes-a-look-at-the-family-tradition-of-carol-singing-3950<p>This Christmas Eve (Wigilia) thousands of Poles carried out a centuries-old tradition of singing Christmas carols around the festive table.</p>Wed, 26 Dec 2018 14:20:00 +0100Beautiful Christmas cards of yesteryear tell fascinating story of defiance to communist-era censorshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-christmas-cards-of-yesteryear-tell-fascinating-story-of-defiance-to-communist-era-censorship-3947<p>A collection of beautifully illustrated Christmas cards from the 60s and 70s shows how some of Poland’s most gifted artists evaded and defied strict communist censorship laws.</p>Tue, 25 Dec 2018 14:13:00 +0100Poland receives EUR 820.2 mln from EU funds in November - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-8202-mln-from-eu-funds-in-november---minfin-3945<p>Poland received EUR 820.18 million from EU funds in November 2018, including EUR 95.6 mln in current transfers and EUR 724.57 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a Monday statement.</p>Mon, 24 Dec 2018 16:02:00 +0100Thanks, Hanks! Hollywood star Tom Hanks helps to raise cash for Bielsko-Biała hospital with renovation of old Syrena carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thanks-hanks-hollywood-star-tom-hanks-helps-to-raise-cash-for-bielsko-biala-hospital-with-renovation-of-old-syrena-car-3941<p>A Polish woman who launched a campaign to send Hollywood’s Tom Hanks an old Maluch car for his birthday has now teamed up with the actor to raise money for charity – by renovating and selling an old Syrena car.</p>Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:15:00 +0100Energy price project to encompass 17.5 mln customers in Poland - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-price-project-to-encompass-175-mln-customers-in-poland---pm-3939<p>We have prepared solutions that involves a reduction in the excises and surcharges included in electricity bills; the project will encompass 17.5 million energy customers; private households, businesses and local governments, the Polish PM has told PAP.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 20:35:00 +0100Poland avoids “middle-income trap” and claws its way to success by becoming a “European tiger”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-avoids-middle-income-trap-and-claws-its-way-to-success-by-becoming-a-european-tiger-3935<p>The prestigious US think tank The Brookings Institute has praised Poland’s economy for avoiding what it calls the “middle-income trap” and has distilled the formula behind Poland’s success which it presents as a model for other countries to emulate.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 19:03:00 +0100President Duda sends condolences to Indonesia after tragic tsunamihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-sends-condolences-to-indonesia-after-tragic-tsunami-3938<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has sent a message of condolence to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in connection with a tragic tsunami which struck along the rim of the Sunda Strait.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 18:28:00 +0100Setting the scene for Christmas: the tradition of nativity scenes runs deephttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/setting-the-scene-for-christmas-the-tradition-of-nativity-scenes-runs-deep-87<p>In celebration of Christmas and the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, Catholic churches in Poland, and some private homes, display nativity scene. Some, like Warsaw’s Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Florian the Martyr ask the faithful to play the roles of the Holy family and bring farm animals to help showcase this symbol of Christmas.</p><p>The tradition of the nativity scene was brought to Poland by Franciscan monks in the form of nativity plays, known in Polish as jasełka. Saint Francis of Assisi is said be the person behind the first display in 1223 in Greccio, Italy.</p><p>In time, the plays became static displays in churches depicting a barn or cave. While the material for these scenes varied from wood and stone, to paper or salt, the main figures remained the same. Apart from the baby Jesus in the crib, as well as Mary and Joseph, angles, shepherds, animals and three wise men were a must.</p><p>In Polish traditions, especially in historically difficult times, the figurines celebrating the birth of Jesus could include national heroes and important people, as well as representatives of different nations and social classes.</p><p>Nowadays, churches ‘compete’ in preparing the most beautiful and colourful depictions of the night Jesus was born. Differing in style, scope and scale, they are a joy to those praying and continue the centuries-long tradition.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 17:44:00 +0100Open house: people throw open their doors to strangers to keep the Christmas spirit alivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/open-house-people-throw-open-their-doors-to-strangers-to-keep-the-christmas-spirit-alive-3933<p>Thousands of Poles have thrown their homes open to foreigners under a campaign designed to ensure visitors to the country are not left alone and lonely over Christmas.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 15:13:00 +0100Last survivor of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising dies aged 94https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-survivor-of-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-dies-aged-94-3929<p>The last surviving veteran of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has died in Jerusalem aged 94.</p>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 12:22:00 +0100Oil-eating yeast goes to war in the fight against pollutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oil-eating-yeast-goes-to-war-in-the-fight-against-pollution-3927<p>A special oil-guzzling yeast developed by a Polish company is on its way to the Persian Gulf to help clean up pollution.</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 19:57:00 +0100Stress levels of astronauts eased by Polish devicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stress-levels-of-astronauts-eased-by-polish-device-3925<p>A device for monitoring levels of emotional states, like fear, relaxation or stress has been devised by Polish companies for the European Space Agency (ESA).</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 16:54:00 +0100Duda gets into the Christmas spirit with Polish troops in Romaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-gets-into-the-christmas-spirit-with-polish-troops-in-romania-3921<p>President Andrzej Duda shared a festive meal with Polish troops reinforcing NATO’s eastern flank in Romania to help them celebrate Christmas.</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 15:48:00 +0100Town goes nuts and builds massive gingerbread replica of itselfhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/town-goes-nuts-and-builds-massive-gingerbread-replica-of-itself-86<p>A small town in south-west Poland have thrown itself into the spirit of Christmas by cooking up a 20-square-metre gingerbread replica of the entire town.</p><p>Organised by the owners of the Hilbert Mill, the residents of Dzierżoniów built a mini imitation of their town in just two months. Bakers of all levels and ages joined in the huge municipal bake off to come up with an edible version of the town.</p><p>Now finished, the gingerbread town can be seen by all at the historic Hilbert Mill, which is now a cultural centre.</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 15:31:00 +0100Uni doc recreates wardrobe from magical world of Narnia with 2,000 blocks of Legohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uni-doc-recreates-wardrobe-from-magical-world-of-narnia-with-2000-blocks-of-lego-3918<p>A university academic has recreated the magical world of Narnia from the book ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ out of 2,000 blocks of Lego.</p>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 11:44:00 +0100Fidler on the ‘roof of the world’ after winning eco fashion awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fidler-on-the-roof-of-the-world-after-winning-eco-fashion-award-3915<p>A Polish design student has taken the fashion world by storm after winning the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion 2018.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 18:37:00 +0100British foreign secretary discusses Brexit, cooperation with Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-foreign-secretary-discusses-brexit-cooperation-with-poland-3913<p>In an interview with PAP, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called on EU leaders to be flexible in the Brexit negotiations, warning that a lack of agreement on exit from the community would poison the British approach towards EU countries.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 17:31:00 +0100After seven months at sea, the tall ship Dar Młodzieży reaches San Franciscohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/after-seven-months-at-sea-the-tall-ship-dar-mlodziezy-reaches-san-francisco-84<p>The Polish tall ship “Dar Młodzieży“ &nbsp;(The gift of the Youth) reached the US west coast on Tuesday where it docked in the port of San Francisco. The Independence Cruise that started in May this year, will continue on Saturday, its next stop being Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p><p>The aim of the Independence Sail is to celebrate the centenary of Polish independence, regained in 1918 and to promote the country worldwide.</p><p>During the cruise the ship is to dock at 18 ports, many of them already reached. On Tuesday, the 18th of December the ship opened its deck for visitors in California.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:04:00 +0100The only such day of the year – the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-such-day-of-the-year--the-great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-3908<p>The WOŚP &nbsp;is a one-day public event, organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy Foundation).</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:14:00 +0100Day of national mourning Sunday after 12 Poles killed in horror mining blasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/day-of-national-mourning-sunday-after-12-poles-killed-in-horror-mining-blast-3910<p>A day of national mourning has been declared for Sunday after a methane explosion killed 13 miners, including 12 Poles, at a mine in Karvina, Czech Republic, on Thursday evening.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:12:00 +0100Labour productivity up in January-November - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-up-in-january-november---stats-office-3907<p>Poland's industrial labour productivity in the first eleven months of 2018 increased by 3.4 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) wrote on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:49:00 +0100National day of mourning declared for 12 Poles killed in mining blasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-day-of-mourning-declared-for-12-poles-killed-in-mining-blast-3904<p>Sunday will be a day of national mourning in Poland after a Thursday methane explosion took the lives of 13 miners, including 12 Poles, at a mine in Karvina, Czech Republic, the Polish President's Office announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:22:00 +0100Kept in a vault under armed guard, TFN gets exclusive glimpse at ‘hugely important’ painting hidden from public view for 200 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kept-in-a-vault-under-armed-guard-tfn-gets-exclusive-glimpse-at-hugely-important-painting-hidden-from-public-view-for-200-years-3900<p>A rare painting by the last king of Poland’s court artist, which hasn’t been seen in public for over 200 years, has been bought by the Royal Castle in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:35:00 +0100Christmas in Poland: Special Heart of Poland Editionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/christmas-in-poland-special-heart-of-poland-edition-251<p>In this special festive episode of Heart of Poland, join The First News as we walk around the streets of Warsaw and learn more about Christmas in Poland and Christmas traditions in Poland. Sees the sights and smells of a traditional Christmas market in Warsaw guided by Warsaw tour guide, Kuba Wesołowski and our regular host, Patrick Ney.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 09:14:00 +0100Ties with Britain progressing in good direction - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ties-with-britain-progressing-in-good-direction---pm-3898<p>Poland's economic and trade relations with Britain are progressing in a very good direction, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in London after talks with British counterpart Theresa May.</p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 09:07:00 +0100Gdańsk bassist takes US by storm with ‘one of the best five jazz albums’ of 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-bassist-takes-us-by-storm-with-one-of-the-best-five-jazz-albums-of-2018-3895<p>A record by a jazz quintet led by a bassist from Gdańsk has been judged by the American magazine Downbeat as one of the best five jazz albums of 2018.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:20:00 +0100City travel just got E-asier with Eco-friendly scootershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/city-travel-just-got-e-asier-with-eco-friendly-scooters-3889<p>A new eco craze has hit the streets of Poland.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:04:00 +0100Top that! Top guns at top flight school get top new aircrafthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-that-top-guns-at-top-flight-school-get-top-new-aircraft-3893<p>The Polish Air Force University has received new aircraft for training young pilots.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:26:00 +0100Polish bus maker delivers new buses to Frankfurthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bus-maker-delivers-new-buses-to-frankfurt-3887<p>Polish bus maker Solaris Bus &amp; Coach has delivered five Urbino 12 electric buses to Frankfurt am Main in Germany, the company has announced.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:38:00 +0100May Day: Morawiecki off to UK for Brexit talks with British PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/may-day-morawiecki-off-to-uk-for-brexit-talks-with-british-pm-3885<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki is travelling to London today where he will co-chair Polish-British intergovernmental consultations with British counterpart Teresa May.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:39:00 +0100British PM says Poland one of Britain's closest friends and allieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-pm-says-poland-one-of-britains-closest-friends-and-allies-3883<p>British PM Theresa May said before the Polish-British intergovernmental consultations on Thursday that Poland is one of the closest friends and allies of Great Britain and valued the contribution of Polish migrants to her country's development.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 09:12:00 +0100Up close and personal with Maciej Musiał, star of Netflix drama 1983https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-close-and-personal-with-maciej-musial-star-of-netflix-drama-1983-3879<p>It could, itself, have come straight out of a movie. A drama student and a struggling writer meet in a bar, bond over a few beers, come up with an idea and BAM! It becomes an overnight international success.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 20:42:00 +0100President visits Polish Military Contingent in Romaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-visits-polish-military-contingent-in-romania-3877<p>President Andrzej Duda, visiting on Wednesday Polish soldiers serving in the multinational NATO forces in Romania, said that both they and their relatives should be sure of the great gratitude of the Polish state for their service and dedication.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:49:00 +0100'I was ready to fight… and to die.' Interview with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/i-was-ready-to-fight-and-to-die-interview-with-prime-minister-mateusz-morawiecki-254<p>In a candid interview with TFN’s Patrick Ney, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki talks for the first time on camera about his teenage years and opposition to communist authoritarianism. Regularly interrogated, beaten and harassed, Morawiecki faced death threats and persecution. This interview was given to mark the 37th anniversary of one of the worst massacres during Poland's Martial Law, the massacre at the Wujek mine on the 16th December, 1981. As the son of leading activist, Kornel Morawiecki, the Prime Minister's story is relatively unknown even in Poland. Until now. Watch this interview (Polish with English subtitles) to discover the full story.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:20:00 +0100It's golden glory for Poland's as women's football team become European champions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-golden-glory-for-polands-as-womens-football-team-become-european-champions-3875<p>Poland’s women’s team stormed to glory in the European Deaf Futsal Championship in Tampere, Finland beating Germany 6-5 in a dramatic final.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:46:00 +0100Wągrowiec steams to glory by capturing Station of the Year awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wagrowiec-steams-to-glory-by-capturing-station-of-the-year-award-3872<p>The town of Wągrowiec, in north-western Poland, has just 24,000 or so inhabitants, but it has a railway station that it can truly be proud of.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 14:43:00 +0100Polish PM says climate summit reconciled different stanceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-climate-summit-reconciled-different-stances-3871<p>The UN climate summit that ended in the Polish southern city of Katowice on Saturday managed to align a number of differing positions, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday as he summed up the two-week COP24 conference.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:57:00 +0100New documentary lifts the lid on the mind of Stanisław Szukalski, a long-lost artistic geniushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-documentary-lifts-the-lid-on-the-mind-of-stanislaw-szukalski-a-long-lost-artistic-genius-3868<p>An exploration of the life and work of artist Stanisław Szukalski premiers on the silver screen on December 21 in the form of a Leonardo DiCaprio backed Netflix documentary that delves into the mind of a creative genius who has been almost lost to the sands of time.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:45:00 +0100Polish industrial production up in November - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-production-up-in-november---stats-office-3867<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 4.7 percent year on year in November 2018, after a 7.4 percent increase year on year in October, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:02:00 +0100Africa a strong market, good for Polish firms - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/africa-a-strong-market-good-for-polish-firms---pm-3865<p>Africa is a strong market, interesting to Europe and also very good for Polish companies; contacts established here by Polish businesspeople are very promising, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared at a press conference in Vienna on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:58:00 +0100Directing legend and ‘man of the people’ politician Kazimierz Kutz dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/directing-legend-and-man-of-the-people-politician-kazimierz-kutz-dies-3863<p>One of Poland’s most significant directors has died at the age of 89 following a stroke.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:14:00 +0100The Kot who got the cream: Tomasz Kot has every reason to be happy after signing with A-list Hollywood talent agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-kot-who-got-the-cream-tomasz-kot-has-every-reason-to-be-happy-after-signing-with-a-list-hollywood-talent-agency-3859<p>Cold War star Tomasz Kot has signed with the prestigious United Talent Agency.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:48:00 +0100Feline fine! Stowaway cat is ‘nice and calm’ after being found on planehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feline-fine-stowaway-cat-is-nice-and-calm-after-being-found-on-plane-3858<p>A plane passenger had the shock of his life when he went to put a bag under his seat and found a black cat lying on the floor.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:36:00 +0100As UNICEF celebrates its 72nd anniversary this month, TFN looks back at its Polish founding father Ludwik Rajchmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-unicef-celebrates-its-72-anniversary-this-month-tfn-looks-back-at-its-polish-founding-father-ludwik-rajchman-3855<p>Founded 72 years ago, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to support children’s development and defend their rights.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:16:00 +0100Average corporate wage and employment rise in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-november-3854<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 7.7 percent year on year to PLN 4,966.61 in November and 0.9 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:40:00 +0100COP24 great step for environmental protection - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop24-great-step-for-environmental-protection---pm-3853<p>The Saturday-ended COP24 climate summit in Katowice, southern Poland, is a great step forward for environmental protection, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a Monday interview for PAP.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:55:00 +0100‘Tis the ‘ski-son’ to be jolly as Poland dominates in skiing world cup championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tis-the-ski-son-to-be-jolly-as-poland-dominates-in-skiing-world-cup-championships-3851<p>Poland’s Karolina Riemen-Żerebecka has won the ski cross World Cup Sweden, while Piotr Żyła and Olympic champ Kamil Stoch took 2nd and 3rd place respectively in ski jumping in Switzerland.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:58:00 +0100November's core inflation rate down to 0.7 percent - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/novembers-core-inflation-rate-down-to-07-percent---central-bank-3849<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 0.7 percent year on year in November 2018, down from 0.9 percent in October, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:39:00 +0100Match made in heaven as BLIK teams up with Mastercard to allow contactless payments abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/match-made-in-heaven-as-blik-teams-up-with-mastercard-to-allow-contactless-payments-abroad-3846<p>Mastercard has partnered with BLIK now making it possible to use contactless payment outside of Poland.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:00:00 +0100The Weavers of Łódź: A ‘touching afternoon’ remembers the women whose lives imploded following the collapse of the textile industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-weavers-of-lodz-a-touching-afternoon-remembers-the-women-whose-lives-imploded-following-the-collapse-of-the-textile-industry-3842<p>In a moving afternoon of history, film and theatre, female ex-textile workers came together on Sunday to remember a once thriving industry now long-forgotten.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:37:00 +0100Polish PM to attend Africa-Europe High-Level Forum in Viennahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-attend-africa-europe-high-level-forum-in-vienna-3841<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki is leaving for Vienna later on Monday to take part in an Africa-Europe High-Level Forum on Tuesday, planned to focus on current and future innovation and digital cooperation between Europe and Africa.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:23:00 +0100Poland’s Prince Polo chocolate bars are ‘king of the snacks’ in Icelandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-prince-polo-chocolate-bars-are-king-of-the-snacks-in-iceland-3839<p>To celebrate their love of Prince Polo chocolate bars, Icelanders have been posting photos of the Polish snack on social media.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:02:00 +0100President, lower house speaker commemorate 1970 Gdynia tragic eventshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-lower-house-speaker-commemorate-1970-gdynia-tragic-events-3837<p>It is the victims of the December 1970 events who made it possible for Poles today to live once again in an independent and sovereign homeland," President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter marking the 1970 tragic events in Poland's northern city of Gdynia.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:13:00 +0100Officials honour Pole who died of wounds following Strasbourg attackhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/officials-honour-pole-who-died-of-wounds-following-strasbourg-attack-3835<p>Polish and foreign officials have honoured a Pole who died of wounds sustained in last Tuesday's terror attack in France's eastern city of Strasbourg.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:22:00 +0100Pole shot in Strasbourg dies of woundshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-shot-in-strasbourg-dies-of-wounds-3833<p>A fifth victim of Tuesday's terror attack in France's eastern city of Strasbourg has died of his wounds, the AFP news agency reported on Sunday citing prefecture authorities. The victim is a Pole, Barto Pedro Orent-Niedzielski, his brother said on Facebook.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:57:00 +0100Katowice commemorates Wujek coal mine victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katowice-commemorates-wujek-coal-mine-victims-3830<p>Government and church officials as well as unionists and the relatives of victims on Sunday in Katowice, southern Poland, commemorated the 37th anniversary of the December 1981 killing by communist militia of nine protesting miners in the city's Wujek coal mine.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:44:00 +0100Gone Nuclear: TFN bunkers down in Warsaw’s atomic hideouthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gone-nuclear-tfn-bunkers-down-in-warsaws-atomic-hideout-3826<p>Marked with solemnity this Thursday just gone, the 37th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law was a pointed reminder of just how close Poland teetered on the edge of civil war – and worse. With the Soviet Union cracking its knuckles on the side lines, the world braced itself for a chain reaction that could tip the planet towards a nuclear apocalypse. An exaggeration? Not at all.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:17:00 +0100COP24 implements Paris Agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop24-implements-paris-agreement-3825<p>The COP24 climate summit in Katowice, southern Poland has implemented the 2015 Paris Agreement on greenhouse emission reduction in a Katowice Package passed at the conference's closing session on Saturday.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 18:50:00 +0100Trips the lights Wilanów: place gets lit up for the Christmas seasonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/trips-the-lights-wilanow-place-gets-lit-up-for-the-christmas-season-83<p>All those who wanting to escape the Christmas shopping madness and absorb a bit of seasonal magic should head to the Wilanów Palace gardens, which have been lit up by dazzling battery of festive lights.</p><p>An open-air exhibition, ‘The Royal Garden of Light’ comes packed with dozens of illuminated designs. One of the highlights is the Music Dream Garden, which mixes a light display with music from the likes of Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky .&nbsp;</p><p>‘The Royal Garden of Light’ is open daily (except for December 24 and 31)), between 4 and 9 PM , until the 24th of February.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:29:00 +0100Nextbike Polska wins EUR 6.78-mln Finnish city tenderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nextbike-polska-wins-eur-678-mln-finnish-city-tender-3822<p>A EUR 6.78-million offer by Polish bicycle maker Nextbike Polska has been chosen as the best bid in a tender for a city bicycle system in the northern Finnish city of Oulu, the company announced in a press release.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:37:00 +0100Rising star of stage and screen picks up prestigious acting awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rising-star-of-stage-and-screen-picks-up-prestigious-acting-award-3821<p>A new star of European film could be in the making with actor Dawid Ogrodnik due to pick up a prestigious award from the European Film Promotion organisation. Presented each year to the 10 most promising actors, the award promotes young European talent in the international film industry.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:26:00 +0100‘Cold War’ hogs the honours at the 2018 European Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-hogs-the-honours-at-the-2018-european-film-festival-3818<p>‘Cold War’ came away as the big winner at this year’s European Film Festival, picking up five awards including best director, screenwriter and actress.</p>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:11:00 +0100Ticket to ride: a journey around the globe to discover the fascinating legacy of L. L. Zamenhof, the Polish Jewish creator of the Esperanto languagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ticket-to-ride-the-first-news-is-taking-a-journey-around-the-globe-to-discover-a-fascinating-legacy-of-l-l-zamenhof-a-polish-jewish-creator-of-the-esperanto-language-3810<p>A Catalonian street, a German city, a Brazilian orphanage, an Antarctic island and the Themistian asteroid are just a handful of the hundreds and hundreds of things named after Zamenhof or his brainchild the Esperanto language.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:13:00 +0100Art on the rocks: sculptors get to grips with ice in international competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/art-on-the-rocks-sculptors-get-to-grips-with-ice-in-international-competition-81<p>Last weekend, the best ice sculptors in Europe gathered for the13th annual Ice sculpting festival in Central Poland.</p><p>Held by the governing body of Poznan, the event took place in the quaint old town of the city and saw spectators come together to witness the icy spectacle.</p><p>Sculptors from Italy, Malaysia, USA, Mexico, Lithuania, Slovakia and Poland took part in competitions such as speed ice sculpting, image copying, and creative sculpting as part of the two-day festival.</p><p>The first day of the festival came with the challenge to carve the quickest and most faithful reconstruction of the Poznań town hall, which was won by American Don Loving. Second place went to Pole, Michał Mizuła, and third place to Angelito Baban, also from the United States.</p><p>Slovaks Adam Bakoš and Miroslav Trnovský triumphed on day two of the competition with their creative output. Their sculpture depicted the actor and film director Charlie Chaplin. Nenad Klajic and Strajin Čančarević from Serbia took second place. And third place went to Spaniards Bruno Fleurit and Max Rutgers, who made a statue of a woman with a dragonfly on her hand.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:28:00 +0100Italian automotive investor opens factory in Opolehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-3808<p>UFI Filters, a Italian automotive manufacturer, has opened a factory in Opole (western Poland), the office of Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone has announced, adding that the value of the investment was PLN 42 million (EUR 9.76 million).</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:33:00 +0100Poles go bonkers for e-bankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-go-bonkers-for-e-banking-3806<p>Poles are embracing the electronic banking revolution with millions of people signing up for apps and using the internet to interact with their bank.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:16:00 +0100Insurer PZU signs agreement with US advisory centre Atlantic Councilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/insurer-pzu-signs-agreement-with-us-advisory-centre-atlantic-council-3804<p>The president of Polish insurance firm PZU signed a multi-year strategic partnership agreement with US advisory centre the Atlantic Council in Washington on Friday. The agreement foresees cooperation in promoting the Three Seas initiative, among other steps.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:32:00 +0100Zakopane skier slithers to Alpine glory in Italyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zakopane-skier-slithers-to-alpine-glory-in-italy-3801<p>A &nbsp;Polish female skier hit a career high by winning a downhill event in the European Alpine Skiing Cup on December 14 in northern Italy.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:07:00 +0100How many fingers does a horse have and other Google searches from Poland in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-many-fingers-does-a-horse-have-and-other-google-searches-from-poland-in-2018-3789<p>Google has published its 2018 review of people’s most popular searches.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:12:00 +0100Human rights congress gets down to business in capitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/human-rights-congress-gets-down-to-business-in-capital-3788<p>From constitutional justice to artificial intelligence, via #MeToo, hundreds of specialists and activists gather in Warsaw Friday to discuss human rights from a wide range of angles.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:28:00 +0100Moving to Poland and finding work: Chido-Fajnyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/moving-to-poland-and-finding-work-chido-fajny-249<p>Moving to Poland, living and successfully finding work in Poland was a big challenge for the most popular Mexican in Poland, David Huerta Beltran, otherwise known by his blog name Chido-Fajny.</p><p>David's journey to Poland started with a chance meeting with a Polish girl, Karolina, in Paris. When he moved to Poland, he had to learn the Polish language and overcome the challenge of getting the legal right to work in Poland. Now, David is a well-known blogger and vlogger in Poland, creating films about Polish history, culture and society. In this episode, David talks to our host Patrick Ney about living in Poland, his personal journey and his top tips for surviving in Poland.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:43:00 +0100From war-torn Warsaw to Pawlikowski’s Cold War, the incredible story of the singing folkdance ensemble taking the WORLD by stormhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-war-torn-warsaw-to-pawlikowskis-cold-war-the-incredible-story-of-the-singing-folkdance-ensemble-taking-the-world-by-storm-3786<p>The Mazowsze folk song and dance ensemble has played the role of Poland’s informal ambassador of culture for seven decades and rightly deserves its position as perhaps the largest and most successful folk group in Europe.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:01:00 +0100President Duda, UN Secretary General Guterres start meeting in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-un-secretary-general-guterres-start-meeting-in-katowice-3784<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres started a meeting in Katowice on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:04:00 +0100November's CPI in Poland at 1.3 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/novembers-cpi-in-poland-at-13-pct-yy---stats-office-3782<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.3 percent year on year and remained flat month on month in November 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:24:00 +0100Conan the Barbarian’s seafaring sidekick brought to life by Polish artist in new comic serieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conan-the-barbarians-seafaring-sidekick-brought-to-life-by-polish-artist-in-new-comic-series-3780<p>A Polish illustrator will be the artist behind a new Marvel comic series featuring a character from the ‘Conan the Barbarian’ series.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:03:00 +0100Poland's future-inflation index down in December - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-down-in-december---biec-3776<p>Poland's Future Inflation Index (WPI), an indicator that predicts consumer price trends in the country over the coming months, went down by 0.3 point month on month in December, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) wrote on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:08:00 +0100Murdered victims of martial law honoured in moving candlelit ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/freedom-candles-lit-to-honour-dead-of-martial-law-3774<p>The Institute of National Memorial, the body charged with investigating communist-era crime, commemorated the victims of martial law with its ‘Light the Light of Freedom’ campaign.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:24:00 +0100Fast change to clean energy would benefit Poland – World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fast-change-to-clean-energy-would-benefit-poland--world-bank-3773<p>Scaling up renewable energy sources in Poland would benefit the economy, improve people’s health, and reduce serious environmental problems, says a new World Bank report.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:25:00 +0100Economic organisation secretary lists challenges facing today's citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-organisation-secretary-lists-challenges-facing-todays-cities-3767<p>Sustainable development of cities, digitally-competent employees and taxation of online companies are the key challenges that contemporary cities face, said Jose Angel Gurria, secretary of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:18:00 +0100Go on, girls! Internet singing sensation Tulia chosen to perform at NBAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/go-on-girls-internet-singing-sensation-tulia-chosen-to-perform-at-nba-opening-3768<p>A Polish Folk group has been hand-picked to be the first Polish group to perform during ‘Polish night’ at the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the new year.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:58:00 +0100Germany’s CDU party elects Polish-born MP as general secretaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germanys-cdu-party-elects-polish-born-mp-as-general-secretary-3766<p>A Polish-born MP has been elected general secretary of the Christian Democratic Union, Germany’s biggest party.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:59:00 +0100Eighty is the new 60, at least when it comes to lifespan says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighty-is-the-new-60-at-least-when-it-comes-to-lifespan-says-new-report-3764<p>By 2040, the average Pole can optimistically expect to live until the age of 84.6, up from 77.9 in 2016, according to a study by academics in the United States.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:25:00 +0100Polish artist's depiction of the liberation of Breda wins competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-artists-depiction-of-the-liberation-of-breda-wins-competition-3762<p>An artwork project by Wroclaw (southern Poland) resident Tomasz Tomaszewski has won a competition for a sculpture or installation commemorating the liberation of Breda, the Netherlands, by the 1st Armored Division lead by General Stanisław Maczek in 1944.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:51:00 +0100‘Martial law in a nutshell’: On the 37th anniversary of martial law being imposed, TFN meets Chris Niedenthal, the man whose photography came to define ithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/martial-law-in-a-nutshell-on-the-37th-anniversary-of-martial-law-being-imposed-tfn-meets-chris-niedenthal-the-man-whose-photography-came-to-define-it-3758<p>In the early hours of Sunday December 13, 1981 photographer Chris Niedenthal returned home to his house in Warsaw’s Saska Kepa district after a night of socialising with friends, family and various elements of Poland’s foreign press corps.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:19:00 +0100Polish PM marks martial law anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-marks-martial-law-anniversary-3756<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Thursday that "martial law was the most deplorable attack against attempts to win at least some sovereignty."</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:46:00 +0100Over forty countries support Polish-British e-mobility initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-forty-countries-support-polish-british-e-mobility-initiative-3755<p>More than 40 countries support the Polish-British initiative to promote electromobility, the Ministry of Environment announced on Wednesday. The declaration was made at the COP24 UN climate summit in Katowice (southern Poland), last Tuesday.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:51:00 +0100Fascinating sculptures dotted around city’s streets help preserve memory of industrial pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/fascinating-sculptures-dotted-around-citys-streets-help-preserve-memory-of-industrial-past-79<p>Funded by citizens’ budget, the project “Piękniejsze Śródmieście” (most beautiful downtown) aims to preserve the memory of Radom’s past, while augmenting the sparse street furniture, which until now was limited to the occasional bench or rubbish bin.</p><p>The initiators, Sebastian Pawłowski and Maciej Stępnikowski, said: &nbsp;“Our city has a rich history, which is little-known and presented to both the inhabitants and visitors. (…) In this context, I propose (basing the idea on Wrocław’s gnomes) to place 17 objects (from bronze or brass) for which over decades Radom was or still is famous in the downtown’s public space”.</p><p>Metal Works “Łucznik”, the Radom Telecommunication Factory, Mlekpol dairy cooperative and shoes producers were responsible for some of the most recognizable products and designs of the communist times. Popular on both the domestics and foreign markets, they became symbols of an era. Some, like the VIS pistol remain a favourite among collectors and are still produced. &nbsp;</p><p>The 1:1 scale bronze mementos of Radom’s products, were created by Sławomir Micek. The sculptor from Kielce, who specializes in marble and metal, is also the creator of the writer Witold Gombrowicz statue. Passers-by can sit at the table with the immortalized figure and play a pretend game of chess.</p><p>The project financed by the city, which so far has only commissioned 14, cost less than 130,000 PLN (30,000 EUR). &nbsp;It is one of the more curious initiatives submitted for the 2018 citizen budget, as it aimed at building the image of the city, rather than infrastructure or investment. The initiators hope that funding from private companies will lead to the creation of other sculptures to grace the nooks and crannies of Radom.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:20:00 +0100‘Four Musketeers’ to breathe new life into capital with plant-covered pop-up Brixton-style complexhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-musketeers-to-breathe-new-life-into-capital-with-plant-covered-pop-up-brixton-style-complex-3752<p>A group of young entrepreneurs calling themselves the Four Musketeers are hoping to revolutionise the face of Warsaw with a 10,000 sqm, all-in-one, multifunctional eco-centre.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:45:00 +0100A group of military enthusiasts has recreated Poland’s first ever armoured vehiclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/a-group-of-military-enthusiasts-has-recreated-polands-first-ever-armoured-vehicle-247<p>Named Piłsudski’s tank it had its baptism of fire in street fighting in Lwów in 1918 when Poles were fighting to establish the new country’s eastern borders. To raise morale it was also decorated with an American flag to show that Poland was not alone in its struggle but backed by US President Woodrow Wilson.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:06:00 +0100Polish citizen among Strasbourg shooting victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-citizen-among-strasbourg-shooting-victims-3750<p>The French authorities have informed that a Polish citizen is among the victims of a shooting attack at a Christmas market in France, the Polish Foreign Ministry reported on Twitter on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:54:00 +0100LNG stepping on the gas to satisfy half of Poland’s yearly demandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lng-stepping-on-the-gas-to-satisfy-half-of-polands-yearly-demand-3748<p>Over forty-five deliveries, around 9 million m3 of LNG and more than 4.8 billion Nm3 of regasified gas: this is the track record of the Poland’s LNG terminal since it received its first delivery of liquefied natural gas three years ago, in December 2015.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:38:00 +0100Tanks for the memory: Enthusiasts build incredible replica of Poland’s first armoured vehiclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tanks-for-the-memory-enthusiasts-build-incredible-replica-of-polands-first-armoured-vehicle-3744<p>A group of military enthusiasts have built a stunning replica of Poland’s first ever armoured vehicle.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:24:00 +0100Poland's industrial production up in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-october---eurostat-3741<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.0 percent year on year in October 2018, after growing by 4.9 percent in September, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:56:00 +0100Poland issues temporary residence permits to 200,000 non-EU nationalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-issues-temporary-residence-permits-to-200000-non-eu-nationals-3739<p>About 200,000 non-EU nationals have valid temporary residence permits in Poland, the spokesman for the Office for Foreigners, Jakub Dudziak, has told PAP.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:01:00 +0100Ready, steady, ho, ho, ho! Running Santas swamp Toruń in charity marathon for kidshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/ready-steady-ho-ho-ho-running-santas-swamp-torun-in-charity-marathon-for-kids-77<p>An unusual half-marathon took place over the weekend which saw over 3,000 Santa impersonators run amok in the northern Polish town of Toruń, all in the name of charity.</p><p>Awash in a festive sea of red and white, the streets of Toruń were flooded as the ‘Runners for Children’ adult half-marathon kicked off at 10 am on the 9th December to help deliver gifts to needy children.</p><p>The race track ran along some of the medieval streets of Toruń’s old town and through the scenic parks and forests of the town.</p><p>A yearly affair, the Toruń Association of Physical Culture have organised the charity event for 16 consecutive years.</p><p>This year it is reported that Santas from all over Poland, 20 different countries and five continents joined together for the run.</p><p>Puppy Santas, snowmen and even Christmas trees ran as part of the charity action.</p><p>After the marathon, participants helped to prepare gifts for children in care homes.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:03:00 +0100Facts not fakes. Do not kill neighbouring rightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facts-not-fakes-do-not-kill-neighbouring-rights-3732<p>Just two months ago on September 12 the European Parliament voted massively in favour of a proposed directive that gives the press and news agencies hope that they will at last be paid by the giants of the internet.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:22:00 +0100Poland tackles air pollution at COP24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-tackles-air-pollution-at-cop24-3735<p>The Polish government hopes its Clean Air programme will contribute to a significant reduction in energy use and CO2 emissions. At the COP24 Climate Summit in Katowice (southern Poland), financing was announced for building thermomodernisation from Jan. 2019.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:57:00 +0100These mushrooms really are MAGIC as they are transformed into tasteful furniturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/these-mushrooms-really-are-magic-as-they-are-transformed-into-tasteful-furniture-3730<p>The idea of sitting on rotting fungus may not appeal to everyone, but a Polish designer has come up with a novel way of making eco-friendly furniture - out of mushrooms.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:03:00 +0100Fingers crossed: Despite a poor season Polish swimmers holding on at World Championship in Chinahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fingers-crossed-despite-a-poor-season-polish-swimmers-holding-on-at-world-championship-in-china-3729<p>Polish swimmers are keeping their heads afloat at the World Championship in Hanzhou, China, after qualifying for the finals and semi-finals.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:42:00 +0100Poland's foreign trade deficit after Oct. at EUR 3.2 bln - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-deficit-after-oct-at-eur-32-bln---stats-office-3725<p>Poland's foreign trade deficit amounted to EUR 3.2 billion after October 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:11:00 +0100Strangest war in history? Seventy-one years ago today Poland declared WAR on its old friend Japan - and it lasted for 16 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/strangest-war-in-history-seventy-one-years-ago-today-poland-declared-war-on-its-old-friend-japan---and-it-lasted-for-16-years-3723<p>On this day in 1941, the Polish government-in-exile in London sent a declaration of war to Japan.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:23:00 +0100Polish special services' total budget for 2019 to hit EUR 350 millionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-special-services-total-budget-for-2019-to-hit-eur-350-million-3721<p>The total budget for 2019 of five Polish special services is to reach PLN 1.53 billion (EUR 350 million) according to a government prepared draft budget law for 2019.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:53:00 +0100From a dark grey Stalinist childhood to a colourful realm of unbridled imagination, the voyage of ‘Grateful Dead’ illustrator Jan Sawkahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-a-dark-grey-stalinist-childhood-to-a-colourful-realm-of-unbridled-imagination-the-voyage-of-grateful-dead-illustrator-jan-sawka-3717<p>In November last year, over 100 pieces of memorabilia belonging to The Grateful Dead went up for auction.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:01:00 +0100Gdańsk Shipyard among 14 new historical monuments - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-shipyard-among-14-new-historical-monuments---president-3716<p>The Gdańsk Shipyard is among 14 new monuments to history established by the president. "Poland has 105 monuments to history on its independence centenary," President Andrzej Duda said during a gala at the National Theatre in Warsaw on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:49:00 +0100Could looted art from WWII be hidden under village chapel?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-looted-art-from-wwii-be-hidden-under-village-chapel-3713<p>A treasure hunter and history buff says he has uncovered the location of artwork looted by Hitler’s marauding troops during World War II.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:21:00 +0100News agencies declare war on fake newshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/news-agencies-declare-war-on-fake-news-3710<p>Press agencies across Europe have joined forces to fight against the increasing threat of fake news.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:34:00 +0100We’re in the money! Increasing wealth leads to growing appetite for luxury goods, shows KPMG reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-in-the-money-increasing-wealth-leads-to-growing-appetite-for-luxury-goods-shows-kpmg-report-3708<p>The value of the luxury goods market in Poland amounts to nearly PLN 24 billion this year, according to a report by KPMG.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:24:00 +0100Poland to invest EUR 3 bln in electromobility - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-invest-eur-3-bln-in-electromobility---pm-3706<p>Poland treats the issue of electromobility very seriously and is ready to invest at least EUR 3 bln to this purpose over the next ten years, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:53:00 +0100Pre-Oscar retrospective of Polish director’s films being held in UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pre-oscar-retrospective-of-polish-directors-films-being-held-in-us-3705<p>A retrospective of the films of Paweł Pawlikowski, with the participation of the director, is being held in the New York Museum of the Moving Image. His film "Cold War" is listed among the favourites for the Oscar in the non-English language films category.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:23:00 +0100‘I was never a girly girl’: World’s fastest female racing driver who’s currently riding high in Pole position says she wanted to be an actresshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-was-never-a-girly-girl-worlds-fastest-female-racing-driver-whos-currently-riding-high-in-pole-position-says-she-wanted-to-be-an-actress-3700<p>From the small town of Żyrardów just outside the Polish capital Warsaw, it’s a fair distance to Bahrain.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:26:00 +0100President attends World Cup speed skating event at new Polish arenahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-attends-world-cup-speed-skating-event-at-new-polish-arena-3699<p>President Andrzej Duda attended a World Cup speed skating event which took place at the newly-built Tomaszów Ice Arena in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, central Poland, on Sunday.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:57:00 +0100Short track speed skating: Pole wins bronze medal in 500 metre eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/short-track-speed-skating-pole-wins-bronze-medal-in-500-metre-event-3698<p>Natalia Maliszewska took home the bronze medal in the final of the women's 500 metre short track speed skating race during Sunday's World Cup event in Almaty, Kazakhstan.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:16:00 +0100Polish PM, Foreign Ministry remember Russian human rights activisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-foreign-ministry-remember-russian-human-rights-activist-3695<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Poland's Foreign Ministry paid tribute to Soviet-era dissident and human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who died in Moscow on Saturday at the age of 91.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:22:00 +0100From Brazil to herring: famed Brazilian avant-garde art reflects on her Polish-Jewish heritagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-brazil-to-herring-famed-brazilian-avant-garde-art-reflects-on-her-polish-jewish-heritage-3693<p>She may have been born and bred in Brazil, but there is still a streak of Polishness in Anna Bella Geiger that seems indelible.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:11:00 +0100March for Climate passes through streets of Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-for-climate-passes-through-streets-of-katowice-3692<p>Nearly 3,000 people took part in the "March for Climate", on Saturday, in Poland's southern city of Katowice, the capital of the Silesian mining district and the scene of the ongoing COP24 climate summit.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:51:00 +0100Poland could be a 'hydrogen Kuwait' for transport needs - COP24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-could-be-a-hydrogen-kuwait-for-transport-needs---cop24-3691<p>Hydrogen retrieval installations in industry, infrastructure for cars or locomotives driven by hydrogen and widespread hydrogen-powered public communication are to be the basis of a hydrogen revolution in transport, claim the gas's advocates.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:06:00 +0100Goodbye Lenin: Praga's Czar PRL museum prepares to bid farewell to Warsaw's Praga districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/goodbye-lenin-pragas-czar-prl-museum-prepares-to-bid-farewell-to-warsaws-praga-district-3689<p>Never short on either charm or character(s), Warsaw’s right side has often revelled in its reputation as a raw, gritty district where the unexpected happens. Yet if once it was considered bandit land by sophisticates and snobs, its stop-start regeneration this millennium has created a unique landscape in which this traditionally working class area has seen creative life flourish: street art, edgy music venues and offbeat ventures have all thrived alongside long-established, small family businesses plying their trade from battered pre-war tenements.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0100New book explores the amazing and contradictory wartime life of a Jewish female agent who worked for the Germans and the Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-explores-the-amazing-and-contradictory-wartime-life-of-a-jewish-female-agent-who-worked-for-the-germans-and-the-poles-3687<p>Her story could inspire Hollywood filmmakers. She lived for only 22 years but in that short life she used several names, created dozen of identities and suffered traumatic experiences. She even broke the law to save the life of her Jewish family.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:37:00 +0100Flicking the switch: Warsaw lights up for Christmashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/flicking-the-switch-warsaw-lights-up-for-christmas-244<p>The festive season became illuminated in the capital over the weekend with the switching on of the Christmas lights. The lights have become an attraction over recent years, luring locals and foreigner alike to Warsaw’s streets.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 22:03:00 +0100Wedel and the chocolate factory: famed firm opens its doors to the publichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/wedel-and-the-chocolate-factory-famed-firm-opens-its-doors-to-the-public-75<p>On Saturday the famous chocolatier E. Wedel opened its factory doors in Warsaw for the annual Wedel Chocolate weekend. Big and small children alike queued to get into the factory, learn about how the goodies are made, take part in a slice of chocolate history and participate in contests.</p><p>The tour took chocoholics through the factory and demonstrated how chocolate artists meticulously hand-craft decorations as well as exhibiting eye-popping sculptures painted and carved entirely from chocolate.</p><p>Built in 1936, the factory is one of the oldest in Warsaw, the company hosts only two occasions in the year in which entrance is free: one being Museum Night, which involves all of the capital’s museums, and the Wedel chocolate weekend.</p><p>A hit with the locals the 2000 Chocolate Weekend tickets sold out in a matter of minutes on the website.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 19:30:00 +0100Polish volunteers based on Georgian mountain keep deaths to zero in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-volunteers-based-on-georgian-mountain-keep-deaths-to-zero-in-2018-3685<p>Breath-taking yet deadly the Georgian peak of Mount Kazbek saw its first year without fatalities in 2018, thanks to Polish mountain rescue volunteers who set up a medical point at 3,650 meters above sea level.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 17:39:00 +0100March for Climate starts in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-for-climate-starts-in-katowice-3684<p>Around 1,000 people are taking part in a "March for Climate," which started in Poland's southern city of Katowice, the capital of the Silesian mining district on Saturday.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0100“Out of the blue” Facebook message opens door to international rugby in Poland for Englishmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/out-of-the-blue-facebook-message-opens-door-to-international-rugby-in-poland-for-englishman-3682<p>For Aron Struminski the fact that he now plays international rugby for Poland rests on two factors. The first he is on Facebook, and the second is that his grandfather failed to burn a little piece of paper about 80 years ago.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 12:01:00 +0100USA Today changes text after Polish Embassy's protesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/usa-today-changes-text-after-polish-embassys-protest-3681<p>USA Today replaced its text with a new version after the Polish Embassy in Washington on Friday protested against the use of the phrase 'Polish death camps.'</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 11:17:00 +0100Polish-Israeli relations are very good - Polish PM for The Jersusalem Posthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-relations-are-very-good---polish-pm-for-the-jersusalem-post-3679<p>In an interview for Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckisaid that Polish-Israeli relations are very good, Poland fully supports Israel's sovereignty, and the situation of Jews in Poland is better than in Western Europe.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:04:00 +0100Women, women on the wall: new murals celebrate the lives and achievements of three pioneering womenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-women-on-the-wall-new-murals-celebrate-the-lives-and-achievements-of-three-pioneering-women-3675<p>Three murals of three very different women are being unveiled in Warsaw, Wrocław and Katowice. A singer, a mountaineer and a paediatrician, they are part of an initiative called “Kobiety na mury” (women on the walls) that seeks to celebrate the remarkable women’s achievements and inspire others.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:04:00 +0100Auschwitz Museum teams up with German organisation to build database of the death camp’s prisonershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-teams-up-with-german-organisation-to-build-database-of-the-death-camps-prisoners-3672<p>The Auschwitz Museum has launched an international cooperation project that it hopes will lead to a comprehensive tracing database that will help both relatives of prisoners, and researchers investigating the camp’s victims.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:28:00 +0100Firm develops edible plates as Europe moves to ban single-use plastic tablewarehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firm-develops-edible-plates-as-europe-moves-to-ban-single-use-plastic-tableware-3670<p>A Polish company has come up with edible tableware made from wheat bran that users can snack on once they’ve devoured their main meal.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:15:00 +0100Bees Release Me: Interview with Kamil Bajhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/bees-release-me-interview-with-kamil-baj-239<p>As you walk the streets of Warsaw and many other cities in Poland, you are not alone. Buzzing about your head are millions of bees that come from hundreds of hives deliberately placed right in the centre of town. They are there because some beekeepers passionately believe in the quality of urban beekeeping and its power to educate the young and old alike about the importance bees play in our ecology and diets. Kamil Baj has been at the forefront of the urban beekeeping revolution in Poland and takes us through his journey, from ditching his corporate 9-5 to starting a buzzing new business.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:17:00 +0100Back to the past: German aristocrat returns to former family seat to get marriedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-to-the-past-german-aristocrat-returns-to-former-family-seat-to-get-married-3668<p>A German countess has held her fairytale wedding at a historic Polish castle taken from her family over 80 years ago.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:51:00 +0100Musical based on Paderewski's life performed in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/musical-based-on-paderewskis-life-performed-in-new-york-3667<p>Parts of the musical 'Blacksmith', inspired by the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a renowned Polish composer, pianist and statesman, an icon of Polish independence, were performed in New York's Public Space in Manhattan on Thursday.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:52:00 +0100Femme Fatale of the silver screen shining star of this year’s Silent Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/femme-fatale-of-the-silver-screen-shining-star-of-this-years-silent-film-festival-3664<p>With Joanna Kulig making waves in Hollywood it seems only fitting that the 19th edition of the Silent Film Festival, which has kicked off in Kraków, looks back at one of the early stars of the silver screen – Poland’s Pola Negri.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:36:00 +0100Exhibition of classic Polish comics ends in auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-classic-polish-comics-ends-in-auction-3661<p>An exhibition of classic Polish comics has ended with an auction.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:01:00 +0100Medical boffins scoop prestigious ranking for WORLD’S ‘most cited work’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-boffins-scoop-prestigious-ranking-for-worlds-most-cited-work-3659<p>Six Polish scientists are among the most citied in the world, according to the prestigious Clarivate Analytics ranking.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:12:00 +0100Poland is the leader of growth in Europe - entrepreneurship ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-the-leader-of-growth-in-europe---entrepreneurship-minister-3658<p>Poland is the leader of growth in Europe, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz said at a Thursday press conference pointing out that Polish GDP will grow by 5.2 percent this year.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:46:00 +0100Polish president decorates two US citizenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-decorates-two-us-citizens-3654<p>President Andrzej Duda honoured two US citizens with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland during his visit to Washington DC, the President's Office announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:15:00 +0100Władysław ‘The Pianist’ Szpilman remembered on 108th birthday anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wladyslaw-the-pianist-szpilman-remembered-on-108th-birthday-anniversary-3656<p>For many the name of Władysław Szpilman will forever be associated with the ‘The Pianist’, the Roman Polański film about a Jewish musician’s battle to survive the war, and the unlikely help he got from a German officer.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:29:00 +0100Fitch raises Poland's 2018 growth forecast to 5.1 pcthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-raises-polands-2018-growth-forecast-to-51-pct-3653<p>Global ratings agency Fitch has raised its GDP growth forecast for Poland to 5.1 percent in 2018 from the previously expected 4.8 percent.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:43:00 +0100President thanks George Bush for breakthrough European policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-george-bush-for-breakthrough-european-policy-3652<p>During his presidency George H. W. Bush pursued a policy which led to a breakthrough in Europe, and for this we owe him our thanks, President Andrzej Duda told reporters in Washington.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 19:10:00 +0100Clever new boardgame celebrating influential women in history takes internet by stormhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clever-new-boardgame-celebrating-influential-women-in-history-takes-internet-by-storm-3648<p>How about a little game of “Guess Who?”</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:44:00 +0100All change: Historic Kraków’s quaint street carts to get slick make overhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-change-historic-krakows-quaint-street-carts-to-get-slick-make-over-3646<p>A classic Kraków street cart selling traditional local food has gone for a major facelift.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:32:00 +0100Kulig joins cool list after signing up to major Hollywood acting agency, which includes Brad Pitt!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-3641<p>Cold War star Joanna Kulig has signed up with major Hollywood talent agents, Creative Artist Agency.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:43:00 +0100Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-3640<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:32:00 +0100Poland's exports rise by 9.8 pct y/y in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-rise-by-98-pct-yy-in-october-3638<p>Poland's exports increased by 9.8 percent year on year and by 13.5 percent month on month in October 2018, Piotr Soroczyński, the chief economist with the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KiG), said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:25:00 +0100Józef Piłsudski: Born 151 years ago today, the legacy of 'modern Poland's father’ still lives onhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jozef-pilsudski-born-151-years-ago-today-the-father-of-modern-polands-legacy-still-lives-on-3636<p>He is famed as the father of modern Poland, a national icon and hero of the Polish struggle for independence.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:35:00 +0100Polish listed company wins prestigious EC competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-listed-company-wins-prestigious-ec-competition-3635<p>Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych (Polish Stem Cell Bank, PBKM), a company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), won a prestigious competition for the most innovative company, co-organised by the European Commission.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:32:00 +0100Polish president arrives in Washington to attend funeral of George H.W. Bushhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-arrives-in-washington-to-attend-funeral-of-george-hw-bush-3634<p>President Andrzej Duda has arrived in Washington where he will attend the funeral of the 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush, head of the President's Office Krzysztof Szczerski has told PAP.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:52:00 +0100The way we used to live: Fascinating exhibition shows off design exhibits of bygone timeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/the-way-we-used-to-live-fascinating-exhibition-shows-off-design-exhibits-of-bygone-times-73<p>A new permanent exhibition at the Warsaw National Museum shows off some of the most prevalent designs in Polish history.&nbsp;</p><p>From the interwar folk design movement and influential Kraków workshops through the post-war reconstruction period, social realism and post-1956 modernism, the Gallery of Polish Design exhibition embraces the development and dynamism of Polish art and design.&nbsp;</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:58:00 +0100PM Morawiecki: Poland to spend EUR 3-4 billion on e-mobilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-poland-to-spend-eur-3-4-billion-on-e-mobility-3632<p>Taking part in Tuesday's COP24 debates, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared that Poland "will directly allocate about EUR 3-4 billion in the next 10 years" for e-mobility development. "We will increase these amounts in our nearest budgets," he added.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:15:00 +0100‘We’re getting ready for war,’ says Poland manager after team draws easy group in Euro2020 qualifiershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-getting-ready-for-war-says-poland-manager-after-team-draws-easy-group-in-euro2020-qualifiers-3630<p>Poland has picked the lucky straw in its Euro2020 qualifiers where it will face some easy competition.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:58:00 +0100Hitler’s concentration camp for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-237<p>Joanna Podolska-Płocka, the director of the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź, talks to TFN about a Nazi German ‘concentration’ camp exclusively for children aged between 2 and 16. Operating between December 1942 and January 1945, the camp has now been almost totally lost from the collective memory.</p><p><em>Music: www.bensound.com</em></p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0100King Roger opera returns to Warsaw 92 years after its premierehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/king-roger-opera-returns-to-warsaw-92-years-after-its-premiere-3626<p>Over ninety years since its premiere, the Polish opera “King Roger” has returned to the stage in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:07:00 +0100Beaten, starved and tortured: The horrifying story of Hitler’s concentration camp for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-horrifying-story-of-hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-3622<p>Among the tragedies that the Germans inflicted on Poland and its people during the Second World War, one has been almost totally lost from the collective memory, yet as much as any other it exposes the cruelty of the occupation, this time towards the youngest and most vulnerable of its victims.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:32:00 +0100CO2 emission reduction a global obligation - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/co2-emission-reduction-a-global-obligation---polish-pm-3620<p>The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is a global commitment, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday during the UN climate summit in Katowice (COP24).</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:06:00 +0100COP24: Polish PM meets UN chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop24-polish-pm-meets-un-chief-3617<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki began his Tuesday activities at the COP24 climate summit in Katowice (southern Poland) with a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:43:00 +0100Prospects of Polish banking system remain stable - Fitchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prospects-of-polish-banking-system-remain-stable---fitch-3615<p>The prospects of the Polish banking system remain stable and reflect the good financial condition of banks, their strong capital and liquidity based on the deposits of domestic clients, the Fitch Ratings agency wrote in a report on central European banks.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:33:00 +0100It’s off! Elon Musk launches Polish satellite to battle space junkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-off-elon-musk-launches-polish-satellite-to-battle-space-junk-3613<p>Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has successfully launched a Polish-made satellite into space.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:24:00 +0100Metro construction turns into mammoth task as workers find Mammoth bones in ventilationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/metro-construction-turns-into-mammoth-task-as-workers-find-mammoth-bones-in-ventilation-3608<p>The bones of a prehistoric mammal have been found at a metro station construction site in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:14:00 +0100Brrrr-illiant! Wild Swimmer does country proud in sub-zero Antarctic racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brrrr-illiant-wild-swimmer-does-country-proud-in-sub-zero-antarctic-race-3605<p>A Polish wild swimmer has become the first Pole in history to swim 1km in the freezing cold waters of the Antarctica in less than 15 minutes.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:37:00 +0100Conference pays tribute to the man behind UN’s genocide lawshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conference-pays-tribute-to-the-man-behind-uns-genocide-laws-3603<p>The term “genocide” is known worldwide, but relatively few people know that it was coined by Rafał Lemkin, a lawyer of Polish-Jewish origin.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:27:00 +0100Poland ready to take responsibility for climate policy - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-to-take-responsibility-for-climate-policy---president-3602<p>Poland is ready today to take its share of responsibility for international security, including in the sphere of climate policy, President Andrzej Duda said at the official opening of the COP24 climate summit, which started on Monday in Katowice, south Poland.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:21:00 +0100President, UN Secretary General open COP24 climate summit in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-un-secretary-general-open-cop24-climate-summit-in-katowice-3600<p>President Andrzej Duda and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres are attending Monday's official opening of the COP24 climate summit, which has started in Katowice, south Poland.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:07:00 +0100President holds informal talks with UN secretary generalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-holds-informal-talks-with-un-secretary-general-3598<p>President Andrzej Duda and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres met on Sunday at the presidential residence at a castle in Wisła, south Poland for informal talks on climate and international policy, presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski has told PAP.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 21:58:00 +0100Driver roars to record breaking success in Warsaw rally racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/driver-roars-to-record-breaking-success-in-warsaw-rally-race-3596<p>Streets in Warsaw echoed to sound of thousands of untethered horsepower over the weekend as rally cars took part in the annual St. Barbara’s Day rally.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 20:29:00 +0100Take a walk on Łódź side: a city neighbourhood defies the past and points to the futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-a-walk-on-lodz-side-a-city-neighbourhood-defies-the-past-and-points-to-the-future-3591<p>From being bruised, broken and largely bankrupt at the turn of millennium, the city of Łódź has performed a U-turn of such dexterous agility that few saw it coming – even the locals.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 17:29:00 +0100Poland takes over COP24 presidencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-over-cop24-presidency-3589<p>Poland's Deputy Environment Minister Michał Kurtyka officially took over the presidency of the COP24 climate summit in Katowice, south Poland, at the conference's first plenary session on Sunday.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 16:01:00 +0100Never say neigh: aging horses get new lease of life on Mazury farmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/never-say-neigh-aging-horses-get-new-lease-of-life-on-mazury-farm-3586<p>In a village buried deep in the beautiful Masurian Lake District old and sick horses can spend their last years free and at peace. Animals discarded by their owners because of their age, health and the associated costs are given a chance to be happy.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 15:02:00 +0100Going, going, gone! Fangor painting smashes records at Warsaw auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-going-gone-fangor-painting-smashes-records-at-warsaw-auction-3583<p>A painting by artist Wojciech Fangor broke Polish records for auction prices when it was sold for PLN 4.72 million.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 11:42:00 +0100Polish PM: Gov't strives to raise living standardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-govt-strives-to-raise-living-standards-3581<p>The Law and Justice (PiS) government has achieved a lot and aims to raise the living standards of society to European levels, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday at a conference titled Work for Poland that marked three years of PiS in power.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:31:00 +0100Friends raise over PLN 1 million to send student to Israel for life-saving cancer treatmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/friends-raise-over-pln-1-million-to-send-student-to-israel-for-life-saving-cancer-treatment-3577<p>A 22-year-old student from Olszówka in southern Poland will make his way to Israel in the coming days to undergo medical treatment that may save his life.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 17:25:00 +0100President, PM express sorrow over death of George H. W. Bushhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-express-sorrow-over-death-of-george-h-w-bush-3575<p>Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, and prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, have issued statements of sorrow and condolence following news of the death on Friday night of former US President George H. W. Bush.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 15:44:00 +0100Take a slice on me: couple find success by serving up pizza sockshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-a-slice-on-me-couple-find-success-by-serving-up-pizza-socks-3573<p>A power couple is sending the internet into meltdown over their deliciously packed pizza socks.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 15:20:00 +0100Interior designer becomes social media hit with top-tips for a cosy homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/interior-designer-becomes-social-media-hit-with-top-tips-for-a-cosy-home-3570<p>With her rooms draped in Scandinavian whites, littered with fresh pine greens and bathed in ambient light, interior designer and online influencer Marzena Marideko has created such a buzz across social media with her home décor that she now has hundreds of thousands of followers.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:41:00 +0100Polish products on show at Hungarian health-food chainshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-products-on-show-at-hungarian-health-food-chains-3567<p>A monthly promotion of Polish products started on Saturday at Hungarian health-food and natural cosmetic chains, the head of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)'s Foreign Trade Office, Marcin Karaskiewicz informed PAP.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:08:00 +0100The chef of tomorrow that looks into the past: Aleksander Baron’s recipe for successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-chef-of-tomorrow-that-looks-into-the-past-aleksander-barons-recipe-for-success-3565<p>Crowned earlier in the week as Poland’s ‘Chef of Tomorrow’ at the prestigious Gault &amp; Millau food awards, chef Aleksander Baron has come to learn to live with acclaim – where he goes, it follows. Recognized as one of the country’s true trailblazing talents, few people have played a more prominent role in the rehabilitation of Polish cuisine – not bad going for a guy that wasn’t allowed near a kitchen when working in a restaurant in Scotland.</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 10:44:00 +0100Poland, Denmark take final decisions on Baltic Pipe projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-denmark-take-final-decisions-on-baltic-pipe-project-3564<p>Poland's gas grid operator Gaz-System and its Danish peer Energinet reached final investment decisions to launch construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, representatives of both governments and operators announced in Warsaw on Friday.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 20:45:00 +0100Award in a manger: Kraków’s historic Christmas cribs make UNESCO listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/award-in-a-manger-krakows-historic-christmas-cribs-make-unesco-list-3560<p>UNESCO has announced that the traditional Kraków nativity cribs will be included in the intangible cultural heritage list. The colourful depictions of the birth of Jesus surrounded by the city’s landmarks will be the first Polish addition to the list.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 19:17:00 +0100Pour your wax and set your eyes on the future: Andrzejki is here againhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pour-your-wax-and-set-your-eyes-on-the-future-andrzejki-is-here-is-again-3558<p>It is not every day that a blob of hot wax dropped into cold water can foretell your future, but it can when that day is Andrzejki. St Andrew’s day stands out as unique occasion in the Polish cultural calendar owing to a mix of early festive fun and traditions that stretch way back into ancient lore.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:42:00 +0100Good Morning, Poland! Interview with Anna Kalczyńskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/good-morning-poland-interview-with-anna-kalczynska-234<p>When you're one of Poland's best known presenters and TV personalities, how do you deal with the adoration, the pressures of being a role model, as well as the online hate? In this emotional and moving episode of Heart of Poland, Patrick Ney talks to Anna Kalczyńska, presenter of one of Poland's most-watched breakfast TV programmes, Dzień Dobry TVN.</p><p>In a remarkably honest and open interview, Anna talks about her career and some of its hardest moments, such as presenting on the Paris terror attacks of 2017. At times close to tears, Anna talks about some of the toughest challenges she's faced and the journey ahead for her and the country she loves, Poland.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:36:00 +0100The man behind the mask: 70 years after his death, TFN looks back on the life of extraordinary Polish-American artist, Władysław Teodor Bendahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-behind-the-mask-70-years-after-his-death-tfn-looks-back-on-the-life-of-extraordinary-polish-american-artist-wladyslaw-teodor-benda-3555<p>Nobody can say that the talent of WT Benda went unfulfilled. He gained fame as a leading artist in the golden age of American illustration, became an acclaimed designer of theatrical masks and his work still influences artists to this day, despite him dying on November 30, 70 years ago.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:33:00 +0100Polish economy in good shape - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-in-good-shape---minister-3553<p>Commenting on the latest data from the Central Statistical Office (GUS) on Friday, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said the Polish economy is in good shape, the growth fundamentals are stable and it especially enjoys investment growth.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:18:00 +0100Poland's unemployment rate at 3.8 percent in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-38-percent-in-november---eurostat-3552<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained flat month on month at 3.8 percent in November, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:07:00 +0100‘Eco-flat’ opens in Katowice as thousands descend on city for climate change conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-flat-opens-in-katowice-as-thousands-descend-on-city-for-climate-change-conference-3549<p>An “eco flat” in the heart of Katowice will show visitors how to live an environmentally friendly and efficient lives just as an estimated 30,000 people are expected to descend of the city for COP24 climate summit.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:45:00 +0100MasterCard invests in Polish business incubatorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mastercard-invests-in-polish-business-incubator-3547<p>MasterCard and The Heart have announced the establishment of "The Heart Ventures", a startup incubator which, along with the largest corporations, will build new technology companies that provide additional banking services.</p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 10:13:00 +0100Hattrick at Sundance! Borcuch’s third screening at the Sundance Festival is a gritty love story for our timeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hattrick-at-sundance-borcuchs-third-screening-at-the-sundance-festival-is-a-gritty-love-story-for-our-times-3544<p>A Polish film has been nominated for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent event of its kind in the United States.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:19:00 +0100The World Is Not Enough: The street artist who created his own country – and now everyone wants to live therehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tfn-meets-dawid-majgat-the-renegade-street-art-ambassador-for-republic--3539<p>His recoil military jacket is paint spattered and there’s a craft beer in his hand; in front, a voluminous, tattered sketchpad filled with random ideas and doodles of monsters. At twenty-eight years of age, Dawid Majgat doesn’t stand-out as standard ambassador material, but then again, neither is there much typical about the state he represents.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:10:00 +0100EC's Directorate-General: Poland's ESI up in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ecs-directorate-general-polands-esi-up-in-november-3538<p>Poland's Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) rose in November 2018 to 109.0 points from 106.8 points in October, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 16:32:00 +0100That song! 'Roxie’s' Euro hit was originally meant for Rita Ora!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/that-song-roxies-euro-song-was-originally-meant-for-rita-ora-3535<p>A song that brought Eurovision success to a teenager was originally intended for pop heavy-hitter Rita Ora.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 15:43:00 +0100Kraków nativity scenes entered onto UNESCO cultural heritage listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-nativity-scenes-entered-onto-unesco-cultural-heritage-list-3533<p>Traditional Krakovian 'szopkas' or nativity scenes have been included on the prestigious UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:42:00 +0100Wheelie good idea! E-car engineers develop engine that sits inside WHEEL hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wheelie-good-idea-e-car-engineers-develop-engine-that-sits-inside-wheel-hub-3530<p>How can the move to electric cars be eased, reducing C02 emissions? Polish engineers at the Institute of Drives and Electrical Machines (KOMEL) in Katowice have an answer: an engine placed directly inside a car wheel.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:59:00 +0100Polish economic indicator up in November - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economic-indicator-up-in-november---biec-3528<p>The Leading Economic Indicator (WWK), which forecasts future economic activity in Poland, rose by 1.5 points month on month in November, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:12:00 +0100Polish trade agency opens office in Seoulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-trade-agency-opens-office-in-seoul-3526<p>The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) has opened a Foreign Trade Office in the South Korean capital Seoul, PAIH announced in a Wednesday communique. The agency added that the new office joins more than a dozen in Asia.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:55:00 +0100Poles in race to make first winter ascent of K2https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-in-race-to-make-first-winter-ascent-of-k2-3520<p>A Polish team of climbers is in a two-way race to make the first ever winter ascent of K2, the world’s second highest mountain and a peak that has claimed 77 lives over the years.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 18:51:00 +0100Righteous Among the Nations medals awarded in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/righteous-among-the-nations-medals-awarded-in-warsaw-3518<p>Sixteen Poles who helped rescue Jews during World War Two were posthumously awarded with Righteous Among the Nations medals at a ceremony at Warsaw's POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 17:23:00 +0100Star Wars fan becomes first man in Poland to name his son Yoda after linguistic battlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/star-wars-fan-becomes-first-man-in-poland-to-name-his-son-yoda-after-linguistic-battle-3515<p>A Star Wars fan has won the right to name his son Yoda following a duel with linguists.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:46:00 +0100Thousands tune in to watch operations as they are performed and live streamed across the globehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-tune-in-to-watch-operations-as-they-are-performed-and-live-streamed-across-the-globe-3512<p>Surgeons from across Europe have teamed up online to publicly live stream their operations.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:37:00 +0100Banking sentiment indicator up in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-in-november-3510<p>Poland's banking sentiment indicator (Pengab) rose by 2.9 point month on month in November 2018 to 28.9 points, according to the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) and the Kantar TNS market research centre.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:52:00 +0100At last! Plans to gentrify Palace of Culture’s central square FINALLY go ahead after tender winner announcedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/at-last-plans-to-gentrify-palace-of-cultures-central-square-finally-go-ahead-after-tender-winner-announced-3504<p>Warsaw’s city authorities have revealed the winner of a competition to redesign the central square in front of the city’s Palace of Culture and Science.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:39:00 +0100Łucznik produces commemorative centenary FB Vis pistolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lucznik-produces-commemorative-centenary-fb-vis-pistol-3502<p>On the occasion of Poland's 100th anniversary of regaining independence, arms maker Łucznik has created a limited edition commemorative FB Vis pistol based on original pre-war documentation, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) has announced.</p>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:42:00 +0100Poland ready for COP24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-for-cop24-3500<p>Poland is ready for the COP24 climate conference, Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk said on Tuesday in Warsaw. Kowalczyk said preparations for the meeting, scheduled on December 2-14 in the southern-Polish city of Katowice, had been a major organisational challenge.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 20:35:00 +0100Cello, is it me you’re looking for? Piano hopefuls show off their talents at international Chopin festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/cello-is-it-me-youre-looking-for-piano-hopefuls-show-off-their-talents-at-international-chopin-festival-232<p>A small town in central Poland came alive at the weekend as young pianists from around the world arrived for the 26<sup>th</sup> edition of the International Chopin Festival at Masovia.</p><p>Set in Sochaczew, close to Fryderyk Chopin’s birthplace in Żelazowa Wola, around 70 children aged between 7-19 knocked out some of the composer’s greatest pieces, including nocturnes, polonaises and mazurkas.</p><p>The festival is one of the most important of its kind for future world-class pianists, with some of them aspiring to attend the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in 2020.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 19:49:00 +0100‘I see no reason why Europe should not trust the Italian government,’ says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-see-no-reason-why-europe-should-not-trust-the-italian-government-says-pm-3498<p><strong>PAP:</strong> Prime Minister, while we were all focused on Brexit this weekend, another important encounter took place in Brussels. On Saturday, Giuseppe Conte spoke with Jean-Claude Juncker about Italy’s budget plan – and they agreed that the dialogue will continue. Do you have any comments?</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0100Junk ‘metropolis of the future’ artist wins prestigious international awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junk-metropolis-of-the-future-artist-wins-prestigious-international-award-3495<p>Polish-born artist Oskar Krajewski has won the international “It’s ART Call 2018” competition in London for his stunning sculptures made up of unused pieces of plastic and unwanted parts.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 17:34:00 +0100Polish businesses pouring more money into R&D - entrepreneurship minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-businesses-pouring-more-money-into-rd---entrepreneurship-min-3494<p>Central Statistical Office (GUS) data on research and development (R&amp;D) spending in 2017, released on Tuesday, show that more Polish entrepreneurs are increasing spending on R&amp;D activities, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told PAP.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:33:00 +0100Customised goods attracting star attention including Guns N’ Roses’ guitarist Slashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/customised-goods-attracting-star-attention-including-guns-n-roses-guitarist-slash-3487<p>The city of Białystok may not be the first place you associate with Guns N’ Roses star Slash.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:50:00 +0100Poland's wholesale sales up in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-in-october---stats-office-3485<p>The wholesale sales of Poland's trading firms grew by 15.8 percent year on year in October 2018 and by 11.6 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:22:00 +0100Poland's unemployment rate flat at 5.7 pct in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-57-pct-in-october---stats-office-3484<p>Poland's unemployment rate in October 2018 remained flat month on month at 5.7 percent, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:16:00 +0100Morgan Stanley upgrades Poland's 2018 GDP growth forecasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/morgan-stanley-upgrades-polands-2018-gdp-growth-forecast-3483<p>Morgan Stanley's analysts have upgraded Poland's GDP growth forecast for 2018 to 5.1 percent from its earlier 4.9 percent estimate.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 20:29:00 +0100Polish ‘space mole’ to set a first by drilling FIVE metres into core of Mars to see if humans can live therehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-space-mole-to-set-a-first-by-drilling-five-metres-into-core-of-mars-to-see-if-humans-can-live-there-3480<p>A Polish space device called ‘the Mole’ will begin hammering its way through the crust of Mars as part of a NASA-led Space mission, to discover if the future survival of humans can be secured by inhabiting deserted planets.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 18:57:00 +0100Poland to cooperate with France, Germany to de-escalate Azov Sea tensionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-cooperate-with-france-germany-to-de-escalate-azov-sea-tension-3479<p>Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki declared on Monday that Poland will cooperate with France and Germany to de-escalate tension in the Sea of Azov and for Russia's return to observing international law.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 17:15:00 +0100The IT Crowd: Computer brains descend on Warsaw for world’s largest hackathon – and the PM pops in toohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-it-crowd-computer-brains-descend-on-warsaw-for-worlds-largest-hackathon--and-the-pm-pops-in-too-3478<p>Europe’s largest hackathon took place in Warsaw this weekend: the HackYeah festival bringing together around 2500 computer programmers.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:28:00 +0100Polish President told by Ukrainian counterpart situation is serioushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-told-by-ukrainian-counterpart-situation-is-serious-3477<p>During a telephone conversation with President Andrzej Duda, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko described the current situation in the Sea of Azov as serious and dangerous for Ukraine, Polish president's aide Krzysztof Szczerski has said.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:21:00 +0100‘Mystery’ photos of bygone times brought to life in amazing colourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mystery-photos-of-bygone-times-brought-to-life-in-amazing-colour-3474<p>Fascinating scenes from weddings, christenings, harvests and religious processions from the early days of black and white photography have been vividly brought back to life in a new exhibition of colourised photos at the Ethnographic Museum in Poznań.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:55:00 +0100Euro Star! Roksana rocks it with stunning Junior Eurovision winhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/euro-star-roksana-rocks-it-with-stunning-win-at-junior-eurovision-3469<p>Teenage singing sensation Roksana Węgiel has become the first Pole to win the Junior Eurovision competition.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:49:00 +0100Poland envisages 1 million electric vehicles in 2025https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-envisages-1-million-electric-vehicles-in-2025-3467<p>According to the Polish Energy Policy 2040 draft, Poland expects to have 50,000 electric vehicles in 2020 and 1 million electric vehicles in 2025.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 20:50:00 +0100Brexit deal guarantees rights of Poles in UK - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brexit-deal-guarantees-rights-of-poles-in-uk---pm-3465<p>At the conclusion of a special Brexit summit in Brussels on Sunday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the agreed deal guarantees the rights of Polish citizens in Britain. He added that it had also managed to settle financial issues.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 17:59:00 +0100All dolled up but nowhere to go? Then head to Białowieża for Poland’s quirkiest museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-dolled-up-but-nowhere-to-go-then-head-to-bialowieza-for-polands-quirkiest-museum-3462<p>The first rule of travel? Expect the unexpected. Never is this truer than the backwaters of Poland. Take Białowieża as an example. Not the wider region, with its roaming bison and wild, primeval forests, but the tiny timber town at the core of this district.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 16:06:00 +0100The slippery slope: as winter approaches ski resorts get ready for actionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-slippery-slope-as-winter-approaches-ski-resorts-get-ready-for-action-3461<p>With temperatures heading south Poland’s ski resorts are gearing up for the new season, hoping that winter will bring piles of snow and the resulting crowds of skiers.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 13:41:00 +0100A courtly controversy: arguments still rage over whether the country’s last king was good or bad for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-courtly-controversy-arguments-still-rage-over-whether-the-countrys-last-king-was-good-or-bad-for-poland-3459<p>To say that Stanisław August Poniatowski, whose abdication 223 years ago this week put an end to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, is a divisive figure in Polish history would be an understatement.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0100Terrorism Prevention Centre website launchedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/terrorism-prevention-centre-website-launched-3457<p>The Terrorism Prevention Centre of Excellence of the Internal Security Agency (ABW), established in May 2018, has launched a new website to inform the public about the institution.</p>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 08:59:00 +0100Poles drawn in ‘group of death’ in U21 football European championshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-drawn-in-group-of-death-in-u21-football-european-championship-3453<p>Poland’s U21 football team has been drawn in a “group of death” at next year’s European Championship.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 19:21:00 +0100Mind the gap: business leaders unite to narrow the gender pay gaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mind-the-gap-business-leaders-unite-to-narrow-the-gender-pay-gap-3455<p>The heads of business giants Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Citi Bank, MasterCard, Deloitte and BGŻ BNP Paribas in Poland have banded together in a new movement to close the gender gap.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 18:22:00 +0100‘Rolling stones’ in Belarus to help rebuild key castle in Polish historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rolling-stones-in-belarus-to-help-rebuild-key-castle-in-polish-history-3452<p>People from all over Belarus are responding to an internet appeal to bring stones to the town of Krevo to help restore a 14th-century castle that is a key site in Polish history.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 14:56:00 +0100Polish archeologists find megalithic constructions in Lebanonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archeologists-find-megalithic-constructions-in-lebanon-3451<p>Polish archeologists discovered the buildings erected from enormous, unworked stones, dating from the mid-4th century BC, in northern Lebanon, Zuzanna Wygnańska from the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology (CAŚ) of Warsaw University informed PAP.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:15:00 +0100First strike: how the Poles wanted to launch a ‘preventive war’ against Hitler’s Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-strike-how-the-poles-wanted-to-launch-a-preventive-war-against-hitlers-germany-3447<p>Professor Marek Kornat from the history institute at the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University explains how Poland wanted to contain Hitler.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:33:00 +0100Polish composer honoured with German federal decorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-composer-honoured-with-german-federal-decoration-3445<p>German Ambassador Rolf Nikel decorated a renowned Polish contemporary composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, with the Great Cross of Merit with the Star of the Federal Republic of Germany on the occasion of the composer's 85th birthday on Friday.</p>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 09:15:00 +0100Poland to go greener under Energy Ministry's long-term planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-go-greener-under-energy-ministrys-long-term-plan-3443<p>Under a draft energy policy until 2040 by the Energy Ministry, less than 30 pct of Polish electricity will come from buring coal in 2040, but in 2030 the proportion will still be 60 pct. The first nuclear power plant is expected to be up and running by 2033.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:38:00 +0100Amazing ‘Aguśka’ wins World Championship with her dazzling footwork in international freestyle football comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/amazing-aguska-wins-world-championship-with-her-dazzling-footwork-in-international-freestyle-football-comp-71<p>The Rzeszow blonde beat two-time world champion Frenchwoman Melody Donchet to claim the title at the 10th street style event organised by Red Bull at the Hala Gwardii market in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:26:00 +0100Cigarette case that saved WWII Jewish man found in mint conditionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cigarette-case-that-saved-wwii-jewish-man-found-in-mint-condition-3441<p>A silver cigarette case used as a bribe to release a Jewish man from the Łódż ghetto prison during WWII has been found in the home of a Polish man.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:29:00 +0100October's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-3439<p>Poland’s M3 money supply in October 2018 grew by 8.3 percent year on year and by 1.3 percent month on month to PLN 1.395 trillion (EUR 325 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:06:00 +0100Fossils of 200-mln-year-old lizard-mammal weighing 9 tons and the size of an elephant found in villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fossils-of-200-mln-year-old-lizard-mammal-weighing-9-tons-and-the-size-of-an-elephant-found-in-village-3436<p>A new Triassic mammal cousin that roamed Silesia, in south-western Poland, around 210 million years ago has been discovered by scientists.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:36:00 +0100Historic Warsaw garden has rosy future after making it on to prestigious heritage listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-warsaw-garden-has-rosy-future-after-making-it-on-to-prestigious-heritage-list-3433<p>An historical garden in the centre of Warsaw has been entered onto the heritage protection list by the Masovia Conservator of Historic Monuments.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 11:54:00 +0100Startups before they were cool: Julia Szopahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/startups-before-they-were-cool-julia-szopa-224<p>Julia Szopa studied Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence before embarking on a global career in tech start ups. As CEO of Startup Poland, Julia works to help build Poland's growing tech startup scene. Poland's economy is growing fast. Tech entrepreneurs from outside Poland are taking notice. In this episode of Heart of Poland, Julia describes her personal journey into the exciting startup ecosystem and how Startup Poland has helped shape the country's understanding and attitude to business. Along the way she describes the unique business qualities Poles have - and some of the challenges of doing business in Poland.</p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 11:19:00 +0100French tyre manufacturer to invest EUR 39 mln in its Polish planthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-tyre-manufacturer-to-invest-eur-39-mln-in-its-polish-plant-3431<p>Michelin will invest PLN 169 mln (EUR 39 mln) in its plant in Olsztyn (north-eastern Poland) to increase production, the company said in a press release.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 21:08:00 +0100Brrrr-illiant! Poland ships 88mln złoty-worth of ‘flat packs’ to build new Antarctic research stationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brrrr-illiant-poland-ships-88mln-zloty-worth-of-flat-packs-to-build-new-antarctic-research-station-3430<p>Threatened by harsh storms, rising sea levels, and impending evacuation, a top scientific station in Antarctica has been granted 88 million PLN by Poland to build a giant new ‘flat-pack’ research centre to continue its vital work.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 19:42:00 +0100Central bank sees room for growth in Polish financial systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-sees-room-for-growth-in-polish-financial-system-3428<p>The size and structure of the Polish financial system show that there is room for its further growth, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) wrote on Thursday in a presentation accompanying its report on the development of the financial system in 2017.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 17:31:00 +0100The day the horror began: Today marks the 78th anniversary of the first executions at Auschwitz death camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-day-the-horror-began-today-marks-the-78th-anniversary-of-the-first-executions-at-auschwitz-death-camp-3423<p>The first executions at the notorious Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz took place 78 years ago today.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 16:42:00 +0100Retail sales up 9.7 pct y/y in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-97-pct-yy-in-october---stats-office-3421<p>Poland's retail sales increased by 9.7 percent year on year and by 7.4 percent month on month in October 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:43:00 +0100Big cheeses descend on Warsaw for Dialogue for Democracy forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/big-cheeses-descend-on-warsaw-for-dialogue-for-democracy-forum-3420<p>How are new technologies shaping democracy and what can policy-makers do about it?</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:52:00 +0100UK can count on Poland in Brexit talks, Polish PM tells Channel 4https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-can-count-on-poland-in-brexit-talks-polish-pm-tells-channel-4-3418<p>The United Kingdom can count on Poland's support in the EU-UK negotiations over Britain's leaving the bloc, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with the British television Channel 4, broadcast in the main news bulletin on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:34:00 +0100He’s back! Kubica returns to Formula 1 seven years after horror crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kubica-returns-to-formula-1-seven-years-after-horror-crash-3414<p>Racing driver Robert Kubica is to return to Formula 1 seven years after a near-fatal high-speed crash left him with a severely damaged right hand that still has only limited movement.</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:39:00 +0100Sejm marks Isaac B. Singer Nobel prize anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-marks-isaac-b-singer-nobel-prize-anniversary-3413<p>The Sejm (lower house) on Wednesday commemorated the 40th anniversary of Polish-born Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer's receipt of the Nobel Prize for literature (1978).</p>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 09:12:00 +0100Poland for developing high-tech cooperation with Singaporehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-developing-high-tech-cooperation-with-singapore-3410<p>Poland is interested in bilateral cooperation with Singapore in high value-added products and services, Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwiecinski said during a Wednesday meeting with the Ambassador of Singapore to Poland Loo Choon Yong.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 18:50:00 +0100Docs perform incredible 3-in-1 op to reconstruct man’s shattered face in ground-breaking surgeryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/docs-perform-incredible-3-in-1-op-to-reconstruct-mans-shattered-face-in-ground-breaking-surgery-3408<p>&nbsp;A severely disfigured man who had his face crushed when he fell off a ladder has had it completely reconstructed with a ground-breaking ‘3-in-1’ implant.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 18:12:00 +0100Crossing the digital divide: Poland needs to get digitising if it wants to remain competitivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crossing-the-digital-divide-poland-needs-to-get-digitising-if-it-wants-to-remain-competitive-3405<p>As the global economy changes, how can Poland maintain growth and remain competitive? This is the focus of a new study entitled “Poland as a digital challenger. Digitisation as the new driver of growth for the country and region” by global management consultancy firm McKinsey.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:54:00 +0100Czech national library presents Polish science exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-national-library-presents-polish-science-exhibition-3403<p>The exhibition 'Poland - this is science' portraying 25 of the most eminent achievements of the last 27 years of Polish science opened on Tuesday in the National Library of Technology in Prague, Czech Republic.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:52:00 +0100Memorial to Polish soldiers resited in Boston after 12 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/memorial-to-polish-soldiers-resited-in-boston-after-12-years-3402<p>The Partisans Memorial, a sculpture depicting Polish WWII underground soldiers was unveiled after 12 years in Boston, the Boston Herald daily announced on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:08:00 +0100Polish firms in Germany on a roll, looking to expand and employ morehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-in-germany-on-a-roll-looking-to-expand-and-employ-more-3401<p>More than half of the Polish companies operating in Germany are planning to expand, according to a new report.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:51:00 +0100Learn a language if you want to get ahead and earn more, study showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/learn-a-language-if-you-want-to-get-ahead-and-earn-more-study-shows-3399<p>Learning languages can boost your career prospects and increase the size of your wage packet a new study by a Warsaw-based think-tank has shown.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:16:00 +0100Gov't adopts draft amendment to law on foreignershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-adopts-draft-amendment-to-law-on-foreigners-3397<p>The Polish government has adopted a draft amendment to the bill on foreigners, aimed at implementing relevant EU directives. The project involves the conditions of entry and residency of non-EU citizens who want to study or train.</p>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:01:00 +0100Fascinating series of photos released by the National Archives offer intimate look at interwar Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/fascinating-series-of-photos-released-by-the-national-archives-offer-intimate-look-at-interwar-poland-69<p>The ‘100x100’ album contains a rich variety of pictures that not only cover the lives of the powerful and famous, but also those of everyday Poles.</p><p>In one, a smiling Marshal Piłsudski stands leaning on his sword while taking a break during a formal ceremony, but in another photograph a group of holidaymakers lie on beach, inspecting the Baltic Sea.</p><p>Another shows a cobbler in his workshop while in one picture, perhaps serving as portent of the darkness that would engulf the republic, a woman practices shooting a pistol as an army officer looks on.</p><p>Writing in the introduction to the album Marianna Otmianowska, the director of the Digital Archives and the person behind the project, said that she the pictures “allow us to time travel for a moment to the inter-war period, to feel its colourfulness, despite the black and white film.”</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:08:00 +010028 years ago today Poland sent and received its FIRST emailhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/28-years-ago-today-poland-sent-and-received-its-first-email-3393<p>Anybody sending an email today (November 20th) might pause to consider that it was on this day 28 years ago that the first email was sent to Poland.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:48:00 +0100A-list celebs get together to raise awareness of air pollution in series of short videoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-list-celebs-get-together-to-raise-awareness-of-air-pollution-in-series-of-short-videos-3390<p>Polish celebrities are fighting back against smog by raising awareness in a powerful new social media campaign.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:02:00 +0100European People's Party leader visits Auschwitz Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-peoples-party-leader-visits-auschwitz-museum-3389<p>Manfred Weber, who leads the European People's Party's (EPP) group in the European Parliament underscored during a visit to the former Nazi German Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland that "Europe must remember what people are capable of."</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:44:00 +0100Poles to receive full compensation for retail electricity price hikes - MinEnergyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-to-receive-full-compensation-for-retail-electricity-price-hikes---minenergy-3388<p>Poland will compensate all households for 100 percent of any electricity price increases, Minister of Energy Krzysztof Tchorzewski said Tuesday.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:39:00 +0100Legendary ‘Frantic’ lenser Witold Sobociński dies at 89https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/legendary-frantic-lenser-witold-sobocinski-dies-at-89-3386<p>World-renowned cinematography legend and veteran professor, Witold Sobociński passed away yesterday aged 89.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:53:00 +0100Polish industrial production up in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-production-up-in-october---stats-office-3384<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 7.4 percent year on year in October 2018, after a 2.8 percent increase year on year in September, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:35:00 +0100Renowned Polish cinematographer dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/renowned-polish-cinematographer-dies-3382<p>Witold Sobociński, a cinematographer who worked with the renowned Polish film directors Roman Polański, Andrzej Wajda and Wojciech Jerzy Has, has died at the age of 89, the Łódź Film School announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:14:00 +0100Science boffin students make prestigious ranking with revolutionary antibiotic therapy devicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/science-boffin-students-make-prestigious-ranking-with-revolutionary-antibiotic-therapy-device-3380<p>Polish students have made it into the Top 100 in the Journal of mHealth for designing a device that is set to revolutionise antibiotic therapy.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 19:56:00 +0100Go on, girl! ‘Marvellous’ motorbiking Marzena picked for Bonneville speed trials challengehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/go-on-girl-marvellous-motorbiking-marzena-picked-for-bonneville-speed-trials-challenge-3375<p>A super motorbike racer is gearing up to be the first Polish female motorcyclist to break the world speed record at the famed Bonneville speedway 2020.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 19:08:00 +0100Beatles legend Paul McCartney asks punk rock politician for HELP with Isaac Bashevis dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beatles-legend-paul-mccartney-asks-punk-rock-politician-for-help-with-isaac-bashevis-day-3372<p>Former Beatle Paul McCartney has sent a letter to the leader of Poland’s third largest political grouping asking for help in turning November 21st into a day of honour for Nobel-winning writer Isaac Bashevis Singer.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:21:00 +0100Carnegie Hall concert celebrates Poland's independence anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/carnegie-hall-concert-celebrates-polands-independence-anniversary-3370<p>A Polish music concert at Carnegie Hall and the unveiling of a relief depicting an icon of Polish independence, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, at the Polish Slavic Center dominated Sunday celebrations in New York of the centenary of Poland regaining independence.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:26:00 +0100Nun but not forgotten: Oldest nun in the world dies at 110https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nun-but-not-forgotten-oldest-nun-in-the-world-dies-at-110-3364<p>A nun, thought to be the oldest in the world, has died at the grand old age of 110.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:04:00 +0100Monodrama about Polish WWII hero wins award at United Solo Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monodrama-about-polish-wwii-hero-wins-award-at-united-solo-festival-3363<p>A monodrama about a Polish WWII hero titled "The Auschwitz Volunteer: Captain Witold Pilecki" won the Best Documentary Show award at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City on Sunday.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:28:00 +0100Average corporate wage and employment rise in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-and-employment-rise-in-october-3362<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 7.6 percent year on year to PLN 4,921.39 in October and 3.1 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:40:00 +0100Poland's financial system stable - Finance Minister, central bank headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-financial-system-stable---financial-stability-cttee-3359<p>Poland's financial system has been operating in a stable and safe way. The Financial Stability Committee has been securing this stability, declared Finance Minister Teresa Czerwińska and the governor of the National Bank of Poland, Adam Glapiński, on Monday.</p>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:30:00 +0100A ref of fresh air: meet the law student who’s got the football world dribblinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-ref-of-fresh-air-meet-the-law-student-thats-got-the-football-world-dribbling-3356<p>Having amassed in excess of 140,000 Instagram followers, been the subject of numerous articles and run out in front of thousands of fanatical fans, Karolina Bojar has already achieved what many can only dream of, a fact made all the more impressive given her young age.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:49:00 +0100President to sign Employee Capital Plan acthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-sign-employee-capital-plan-act-3354<p>President Andrzej Duda on Monday will sign an act triggering the earlier-announced Employee Capital Plans (PPK) private pension programme, the President's Office has informed.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:19:00 +0100Japanese outsourcing company to open centre in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/japanese-outsourcing-company-to-open-centre-in-poland-3352<p>The Japanese Transcosmos global outsourcing company will open a centre in Poznan, western Poland. In coming years the company plans to expand and turn the operating centre into one of its key global outsourcing hubs employing up to 500.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:14:00 +0100Waste not, want not: NGO deploys cupboards on Szczecin’s streets for people to leave food for the hungryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/waste-not-want-not-ngo-deploys-cupboards-on-szczecins-streets-for-people-to-leave-food-for-the-hungry-3349<p>Food cupboards have popped up around the north-west town of Szczecin to help educate the public about food waste and encourage them to donate food as winter takes hold and Christmas approaches.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:38:00 +0100Life and times of controversial and bizarre Polish sculptor examined in a Leonardo DiCaprio produced filmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-and-times-of-controversial-and-bizarre-polish-sculptor-examined-in-a-leonardo-dicaprio-produced-film-3346<p>Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with his father to produce a film about Stanisław Szukalski, a half-forgotten Polish artist who died more than 30 years ago.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:51:00 +0100Up, up and away: president announces plans to rebuild historic palace in the heart of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-up-and-away-president-announces-plans-to-rebuild-historic-palace-in-the-heart-of-warsaw-3343<p>A recent announcement by the president of plans to rebuild the Saski Palace that once stood on Piłsudski Square in Warsaw has raised questions and renewed interest in the historical palace.</p>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:51:00 +0100Poland is both pro-American and pro-European - Polish PM in Hamburghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-both-pro-american-and-pro-european---polish-pm-in-hamburg-3341<p>Poland is both pro-American and pro-European, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated during the Future of Transatlantic Relations (FOTAR) international conference held in Hamburg on Saturday.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0100Tube-way poetry: Polish prose hits the London Undergroundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tube-way-poetry-polish-prose-hits-the-london-underground-3338<p>London Underground passengers have been able to enjoy classic Polish poetry on their busy morning commutes as part of the centennial celebrations of Poland regaining its independence.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:22:00 +0100Fashion designer becomes a hit with the stars with hand-painted clotheshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fashion-designer-becomes-a-hit-with-the-stars-with-hand-painted-clothes-3334<p>An amateur designer from Poznań has become a hit with stars in both Poland and Hollywood with her hand-painted clothes.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:59:00 +0100Polish film wins award at Swedish film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-wins-award-at-swedish-film-festival-3332<p>Paweł Pawlikowski’s film "Cold War", Poland’s entry for the US Academy Awards in the foreign language film category, received the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award at the 29th International Film Festival in Stockholm, on Friday.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:43:00 +0100Ground breaking biography of Joseph Conrad wins major literary awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ground-break-biography-of-joseph-conrad-wins-major-literary-award-3330<p>A “genre-bending” biography of Polish-born author Joseph Conrad has scooped a prestigious literary prize in the Canada.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:24:00 +0100Brain Exchange: The Fulbright Program in Poland. Justyna Janiszewskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/brain-exchange-the-fulbright-program-in-poland-justyna-janiszewska-222<p>The friendships and knowledge that participants in the Fulbright Program build last lifetimes. Fulbright Poland sends students to Poland from the US and vice versa to study and work together. Arriving in Poland, the &nbsp;US students are met with cultural differences that can surprise them. More than a few stay for good. Arriving in the US, Fulbright scholars are expected to promote Poland with everything they do. Not surprisingly, the expectations are high and the competition fierce. &nbsp;In this episode of Heart of Poland, we spoke to Fulbright Poland's Director, Justyna Janiszewska to hear about how international exchanges are changing the lives of participants, nations and helping shape ideas in science and art.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:38:00 +0100PM in Hamburg for conference on transatlantic relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-in-hamburg-for-conference-on-transatlantic-relations-3328<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is in Hamburg on Saturday to attend the Future of Transatlantic Relations (FOTAR) international conference.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:23:00 +0100Scientists to create “DNA map” of Poland to help in fight against cancerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-to-create-dna-map-of-poland-to-help-in-fight-against-cancer-3325<p>Members of the public are being asked to volunteer to help scientists in the creation of a “DNA map” of the country that will improve their capabilities when it comes to fighting serious diseases.</p>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:57:00 +0100Festival of Polish culture begins in Vilniushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/festival-of-polish-culture-begins-in-vilnius-3324<p>The sixth edition of the Polish Culture Days festival began in Vilnius on Friday. The three-day event includes concerts, performances and presentations of old Polish traditional cuisine.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:59:00 +0100Jailhouse book: The woman who visits prison to read to Poland's hardest criminalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jailhouse-book-the-woman-who-visits-prison-to-read-to-rapists-and-murderers-3321<p>Behind thick, yellow walls, surrounded by barbwire, searchlights and armed guards, sit some of Poland’s hardest criminals.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:35:00 +0100That’s some party! Penderecki celebrates 85th birthday with marathon week-long concerthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-some-party-penderecki-celebrates-85th-birthday-with-marathon-week-long-concert-3319<p>Composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki will celebrate his 85<sup>th</sup> birthday this week with a week of concerts.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:36:00 +0100Vrooming marvelous! Poland first EU country to produce Toyota’s hybrid carshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vrooming-marvelous-poland-first-eu-country-to-produce-toyotas-hybrid-cars-3317<p>Car giant Toyota has chosen Poland as the first country in Europe to be involved in the production of its key hybrid cars.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:43:00 +0100Poland's HICP inflation at 1.5 pct y/y in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hicp-inflation-at-15-pct-yy-in-october---eurostat-3315<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) grew by 1.5 percent year on year in October 2018, flat on 1.5 percent in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:47:00 +0100A march made in heaven: When Mateusz Koszela took his girlfriend Aneta to Warsaw for Independence Day she had no idea what was about to happen nexthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-march-made-in-heaven-when-mateusz-koszela-took-his-girlfriend-aneta-to-warsaw-for-independence-day-she-had-no-idea-what-was-about-to-happen-next-3312<p>For Aneta Chrin, going to Warsaw on Independence Day was a big enough event. Poland was celebrating 100 years of independence and the streets were buzzing with national pride.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:16:00 +0100The Eagle Has Landed : Special Edition of the #HeartofPoland showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-eagle-has-landed--special-edition-of-the-heartofpoland-show-220<p>The 11th of November, 2018, was one of the most important, significant and emotional days in Poland’s history.</p><p>For it was exactly 100 years ago to the day that Poland regained its independence.</p><p>After 123 years of struggle and resistance against occupying global powers, the country once again became a sovereign state.</p><p>For Poland therefore, this November 11th, although an important date for many nations, was nothing short of sacrosanct. It meant Poland regained. Poland reborn. Poland reawakened.</p><p>For this special live transmission of the #HeartofPoland, Paddy went into the heart of the festivities and celebrations, through the capital’s streets to discover the emotions, the people and the places which made the day unique.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:18:00 +0100President names winners of Economic Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-names-winners-of-economic-awards-3310<p>President Andrzej Duda has granted seven companies the Presidential Economic Award. The companies received their awards during a Thursday gala at the 590 Congress in Jasionka near Rzeszów, south-east Poland.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:55:00 +0100Israeli emergency response teams visit Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-emergency-response-teams-visit-poland-3308<p>Volunteers from ZAKA, Israel’s primary rescue and recovery volunteer organisation, who recently visited Poland, assured everyone that they felt safe there, wrote Marek Magierowski, the Polish ambassador to Israel, in his post on Twitter.</p>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:11:00 +0100Film inspired by stunning artwork which decorated the palace of the Maharaja becomes available on YouTubehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-about-forgotten-artist-whose-stunning-artwork-decorated-the-palace-of-the-maharaja-becomes-available-on-youtube-3302<p>A short film released on YouTube today (Nov 15<sup>th</sup>), shows how Polish artist Stefan Norblin combined his pre-war art deco style with an ancient Indian epic poem.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:03:00 +0100October's core inflation rate up to 0.9 percent - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-core-inflation-rate-up-to-09-percent---central-bank-3300<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 0.9 percent year on year in October 2018, up from 0.8 percent in September, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:25:00 +0100Ghosts, corpses, stunning frescoes and a heavenly choir – Poland’s oldest school has them allhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ghosts-corpses-stunning-frescoes-and-a-heavenly-choir--polands-oldest-school-has-them-all-3297<p>The crests may have changed over the centuries, but there is no denying that this unique school is old.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:02:00 +0100Polish banking sector nets EUR 2.7 bln in January-Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-27-bln-in-january-september-3295<p>The Polish banking sector posted a net profit of PLN 11.63 billion (EUR 2.71 billion) in January-September 2018, up 10.8 percent year on year, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) said in a Thursday report.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:50:00 +0100Bundestag grants EUR 0.5 mln to save palace in northern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bundestag-grants-eur-05-mln-to-save-palace-in-northern-poland-3294<p>The Bundestag has awarded the Polish-German Foundation for the Protection of Cultural Monuments with EUR 0.5 mln grant for the renovation of the palace in Sztynort, northern Poland, the foundation's head Wojciech Wrzecionkowski told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:38:00 +0100Congress 590 off to a flying starthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/congress-590-off-to-a-flying-start-3288<p>The president, PM, and CEOs of the largest Polish companies have gathered for a prestigious two day conference in South East Poland to promote business and celebrate the strengthening economy .</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:03:00 +0100Painting by art world ‘femme fatale’ sells for record 9 million USD at Christieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/painting-by-art-world-femme-fatale-sells-for-record-9-million-usd-at-christies-3286<p>A Polish painter has set a new record for the most expensive Polish artwork with a sale for more than USD 9 millions, auction house Christie’s said in a tweet.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:59:00 +0100Polish and Czech interests becoming more convergent - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-czech-interests-becoming-more-convergent---polish-pm-3284<p>Interests of Poland and the Czech Republic are becoming more convergent, the Polish-Czech trade exchange has reached over EUR 20 bln and the whole Visegrad Group is Germany's largest trading partner, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Prague on Thursday.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:45:00 +0100590 Congress promotes Polish economic patriotism - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/590-congress-promotes-polish-economic-patriotism---presidential-aide-3282<p>The 590 Congress, starting in Jasionka near Rzeszów (south-east Poland) on Thursday, is the promotion of Polish economic patriotism and Polish enterprise, the deputy head of the President's Office, Paweł Mucha said on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:24:00 +0100We are on a good path to success - Polish defence minister in UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-on-a-good-path-to-success---polish-defence-minister-in-us-3280<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said after the end of his talks in Washington that "Poland is on a good path to succeed in its efforts to have a permanent US base."</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:18:00 +0100Poland economic growth leader in 3rd quarter - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-economic-growth-leader-in-3rd-quarter---eurostat-3279<p>At 5.7 percent, Poland's GDP growth in the third quarter of 2018 was highest in the EU, Eurostat reported on Wednesday. Eurostat wrote that Poland ranked among the EU's fastest-developing economies.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:05:00 +0100Game, set and match: Agnieszka Radwanska gives emotional farewell as she announces her retirementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-set-and-match-agnieszka-radwanska-says-farewell-as-she-announces-her-retirement-3276<p>Poland’s most successful female tennis player, Agnieszka Radwańska, has said she is quitting professional tennis.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:19:00 +0100Anti-commie firearms found buried behind former secret police HQhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-commie-firearms-found-buried-behind-former-secret-police-hq-3274<p>Investigators hunting for the remains of resistance fighters killed by the communist authorities after the end of the Second World War have found around 20 weapons buried next to where the old secret police headquarters were located.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:03:00 +0100Polish MoD says 'good atmosphere' after talks with Pentagon chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-says-good-atmosphere-after-talks-with-pentagon-chief-3273<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak met with US Defence Secretary James Mattis in Washington on Tuesday to discuss Poland's proposal of a permanent US base in Poland. "The atmosphere is good," Błaszczak said after the meeting.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:30:00 +0100Now, THAT'S a makeover! Kind-hearted couple transform poverty-stricken granny's hovel into 'dream home' - in just SIX dayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-thats-a-makeover-kind-hearted-couple-transform-poverty-stricken-grannys-ramshackle-hovel-into-dream-home--in-just-six-days-3270<p>An old lady living in a rotting old dilapidated shack has had her life turned 180 degrees after an architect and her husband decided to build her a new home.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:00:00 +0100Poland's industrial production up in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-september---eurostat-3269<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.0 percent year on year in September 2018, after growing by 5.0 percent in August, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:35:00 +0100Six women researchers awarded L'Oreal-UNESCO stipendshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/six-women-researchers-awarded-loreal-unesco-stipends-3267<p>Six Polish female researchers were awarded a stipend for women in science on Wednesday by L'Oreal and UNESCO. "The role of women in science is indispensable," said Deputy Science Minister Piotr Mueller.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:55:00 +0100Boomtastic news: GDP growth is up and better than expectedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/boomtastic-news-gdp-growth-is-up-and-better-than-expected-3265<p>GDP in Poland came in 5.1 percent in the third quarter, exceeding estimates by economists, and quashing fears that weakening growth in Germany might spill over into Poland.</p>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:08:00 +0100Value of investments co-financed by EU exceeds EUR 81 blnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-investments-co-financed-by-eu-exceeds-eur-81-bln-3263<p>The value of investments being carried out in Poland and co-financed by the EU reached PLN 350 billion (EUR 81.58 billion) by Tuesday, Infrastructure Minister Jerzy Kwieciński wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:48:00 +0100Mind-OGLE-ing: Two rogue planets called OGLE found drifting aimlessly across the Milky Wayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mind-ogle-ing-two-rogue-planets-called-ogle-found-drifting-aimlessly-across-the-milky-way-3261<p>Polish astronomers have discovered two new planets adrift in the Milky Way.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:29:00 +0100Poland's CPI up to 3.2 percent in 2019 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-up-to-32-percent-in-2019---central-bank-3260<p>Prices of consumer goods and services (CPI) in Poland will go up by 3.2 percent year on year in 2019, while core inflation will reach 2.1 percent, the latest projection by the National Bank of Poland (NBP) shows.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:55:00 +0100Defence Min. back in US for Fort Trump talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-min-back-in-us-for-fort-trump-talks-3259<p>Poland’s Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak is back in Washington to meet with US Secretary of Defence James Mattis. On the agenda: Fort Trump.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:19:00 +0100Extraordinary tale of inner city Warsaw and a lost Picasso brought to life in fascinating new exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-tale-of-inner-city-warsaw-and-a-lost-picasso-brought-to-life-in-fascinating-new-exhibition-3256<p>What is the link between Picasso, the lost picture of a mermaid and a Polish housing estate? A new exhibition at the Wola Centre of Culture in Warsaw has the answer.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:38:00 +0100Fighting fit Dorota makes history with stunning record-breaking Karate World Championship triumphhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fighting-fit-dorota-makes-history-with-stunning-record-breaking-karate-world-championship-triumph-3251<p>A female student has become the first Pole ever to win the Karate World Championship.</p>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:58:00 +0100GovTech Polska and Scotland's CivTech sign letter of intenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govtech-polska-and-scotlands-civtech-sign-letter-of-intent-3249<p>The creation of partnerships based on exchange of knowledge, common values and a common intention, which is the introduction of a digital revolution in public administration, were the main aims enshrined in the letter of intent between Poland's GovTech and Scotland's CivTech.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:26:00 +0100Janusz Korczak’s classic children’s book ‘King Matt the First’ turned into interactive exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/janusz-korczaks-classic-childrens-book-king-matt-the-first-turned-into-interactive-exhibition-3247<p>A book by Janusz Korczak, the man who refused to abandon Jewish orphans during the war and died with them in Treblinka, on how a state works has been turned into exhibition with the goal of education a new generation of children about the mechanics of nations.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:08:00 +0100Herb you are: CEO of herb giant puts people before machineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/herb-you-are-ceo-of-herb-giant-puts-people-before-machines-3245<p>The CEO of a multinational herbal distribution giant has rejected machine packaging to protect the livelihood of his employees.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:14:00 +0100Snapping history: Kraków firm that has photographed the good and the great celebrates its 100th birthdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapping-history-krakow-firm-that-has-photographed-the-good-and-the-great-celebrates-its-100th-birthday-3243<p>As Poland marked 100 years of independence, members of the Garzyński family also marked an anniversary. The Kraków family was celebrating the 100th year of their photography company, which over the years has snapped the most important figures and moments in a century of Polish independence, and, in the process, become a Kraków institution.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:37:00 +0100Buildings worldwide light up for Poland's independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/buildings-worldwide-light-up-for-polands-independence-centenary-3241<p>Major buildings, bridges and monuments were illuminated worldwide on Saturday and Sunday with the white and red of the Polish flag in celebration of Poland's Independence centenary and Independence Day.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:08:00 +0100Over 250,000 took part in White and Red Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-250000-took-part-in-white-and-red-march-3239<p>The interior minister announced on Monday that over 250,000 persons took part in a Sunday White and Red march on Poland's Independence Day in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:51:00 +0100Polish President, PM thank Donald Trump for Independence Day wisheshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-thank-donald-trump-for-independence-day-wishes-3237<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki have expressed their thanks to US President Donald Trump for the wishes he offered on Poland's Independence Day.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:19:00 +0100A drink to the times: A look back at Warsaw’s inter-war party scenehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-drink-to-the-times-a-look-back-at-warsaws-inter-war-party-scene-3234<p>The heady, euphoric rush that came with Poland’s newfound independence was itself reflected by a dynamic food and social scene that flourished throughout the country during the inter-war period. Naturally, the capital was at the forefront of developments, with Warsaw establishing itself as a city eager to embrace both the carefree spirit of the age and wider global trends.</p>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:34:00 +0100US president congratulates Poland on Independence Anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-president-congratulates-poland-on-independence-anniversary-3233<p>US President Donald Trump congratulated Poland in a Sunday Tweet on its 100th Independence Anniversary.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:47:00 +0100NATO, EU Council congratulate Poland on Independence Centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-eu-council-congratulate-poland-on-independence-centenary-3231<p>NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on their independence centenaries on Sunday. Separately, the European Council highlighted Poland's achievements.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:29:00 +0100Polish independence centenary commemorated worldwidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-centenary-commemorated-worldwide-3228<p>Polish communities and state and local authorities worldwide commemorated Poland's independence centenary on Sunday, which also marks Polish Independence Day (Nov. 11).</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:12:00 +0100One woman, one vote: Poland mark’s 100th anniversary of female suffragehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-woman-one-vote-poland-marks-100th-anniversary-of-female-suffrage-3225<p>As Poland mark’s the centenary of regaining its independence it also celebrates the fact that women have had the vote for a 100 years. The new republic was one of the first countries in the world to grant universal suffrage despite its decades spent under an imperial rule that was hardly progressive in its outlook.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 19:39:00 +0100Place for all under white and red flaghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/place-for-all-under-white-and-red-flag-3224<p>There is a place for everyone under the white and red colours; it is our flag, never white and never again red, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in his address at the start of Warsaw's White and Red March marking the 100th independence anniversary.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 16:30:00 +0100President confers posthumously Order of the White Eagle upon 25 Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-confers-posthumously-order-of-the-white-eagle-upon-25-poles-3223<p>On Poland's Independence Day on Sunday, President Andrzej Duda conferred posthumously the Order of the White Eagle, the highest Polish distinction, upon 25 Poles "merited for the glory, prosperity and benefit of Poland."</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:34:00 +0100Poland rising: how architecture helped build, and define, the country after regaining independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/poland-rising-how-architecture-helped-build-and-define-the-country-after-regaining-independence-67<p>When Poland regained its independence in 1918 after 123 years it was not only a moment of great joy, but also a great challenge.</p><p>The country was in a state of ruin after the First World War. The three powers of Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary had ravished the Polish landscape as they tried to cling onto their empires.</p><p>The economy had almost ceased to exist in any meaningful sense with most industrial infrastructure having been intentionally wrecked or carted back to Germany or Russia.</p><p>Most bridges that could have been used by armies on the move had been destroyed and Polish roads were cloggy tracts of mud.</p><p>The huge rebuilding task was complicated by the need to merge regions that had been parts of separate states for over 100 years, which had different populations and levels of development, culture and economy.</p><p>It was necessary not only to smooth over these disproportions, but also to rebuild in people a spirit of unity, and an identity based on being citizens of a modern 20th-century republic. To achieve this, architecture played an important role.</p><p>Polish architects had a whole new range of techniques and ideas available to them under the banner of modernism. New homes for Poland’s new citizens would move away from the cramped tenement style buildings of the 19th century, and monumental public buildings would build in people a new consciousness as citizens of a modern state.</p><p>The building programme of the 1920s and 30s lead to new innovative projects, many of which are still standing today, as the concrete-frame modernist buildings withstood the trials of World War II much better than the buildings from previous generations.</p><p>Though neglected and ignored for many years, these modernist buildings are now enjoying renewed interest. TFN’s gallery of the Architecture of Independence showcases some of the best examples.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:38:00 +0100Gala changing of the guard at Tomb of Unknown Soldierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gala-changing-of-the-guard-at-tomb-of-unknown-soldier-3221<p>A gala changing of the guard took place at noon in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Piłsudskiego Square in Warsaw. The gathering will be addressed by President Andrzej Duda.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 12:47:00 +0100PM invites everyone to join Independence March in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-invites-everyone-to-join-independence-march-in-warsaw-3220<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has invited everyone to join Sunday's official Independence March in Warsaw, which, as he said, will be a "grand and safe" event, adding that he dreams of "a modern, happy Poland where people can talk to each other."</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:58:00 +0100President Duda lays wreaths at Poland's independence fathers memorialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-lays-wreaths-at-polands-independence-fathers-memorials-3217<p>President Andrzej Duda on Poland's Independence Day on Sunday laid wreaths at monuments honouring Poland's statesmen Marshal Józef Piłsudski and Poland's inter-war prime minister and political leader Wincenty Witos.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 10:33:00 +0100PM tweets message to Poles on Independence Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-tweets-message-to-poles-on-independence-day-3216<p>As Poland celebrates the centenary of regaining independence on Sunday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sent a message to all Poles via Twitter.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 09:57:00 +0100Day of freedom: when Poland regained its independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/day-of-freedom-when-poland-regained-its-independence-3211<p>Poland returned to the map of the world on November 11, 1918 after enduring 123 years of Prussian, Austrian and Russian occupation.</p>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 09:03:00 +0100Mel Gibson appears in spot promoting Polish independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mel-gibson-appears-in-spot-promoting-polish-independence-centenary-3207<p>The spot about Poland's independence centenary was created in cooperation with, and the participation of, actor and director Mel Gibson, the Polish National Foundation (PFN) announced on Saturday.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 23:06:00 +0100Get Back: legendary singer pays emotional tribute to The Beatles and Paul McCartney in English albumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/get-back-legendary-singer-pays-emotional-tribute-to-the-beatles-and-paul-mccartney-in-english-album-3200<p>“Bedford School” the new album by Grzegorz Turnau is sung completely in English and contains covers of songs written by the likes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting, Queen and Donald Fagen.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 19:25:00 +0100Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' nominated for five European Film Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawlikowskis-cold-war-nominated-for-five-european-film-awards-3198<p>The European Film Awards (EFA) have announced that Paweł Pawlikowski's film 'Cold War' has been nominated in the categories of film, screenwriter, director, actress and actor.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 18:38:00 +0100'Symbols of Freedom' exhibition a self-portrait of Poles - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/symbols-of-freedom-exhibition-a-self-portrait-of-poles---president-3196<p>The exhibition 'Symbols of Freedom' opened on Friday in Warsaw's Royal Castle. The show presents a self-portrait of Poles; it represents their history and their fight for independence, said President Andrzej Duda during his speech at the official opening.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 17:58:00 +0100Leaning Tower of Pisa to be lit up in colours of Polish flaghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leaning-tower-of-pisa-to-be-lit-up-in-colours-of-polish-flag-3194<p>The Polish Embassy in Italy announced on Friday that the Leaning Tower of Pisa will be illuminated with the white and red of the Polish flag in celebration of Poland's Independence centenary.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 17:40:00 +0100Poland remains a happy hub for business service centreshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-remains-a-happy-hub-for-business-service-centres-3191<p>New figures have revealed that Poland is still profiting from the global popularity of business service centres with a record number of them now open in the country.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 14:39:00 +0100One for the album: Israeli and Polish post offices issue special anniversary stamphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-for-the-album-israeli-and-polish-post-offices-issue-special-anniversary-stamp-3189<p>The Polish and Israeli post offices have released a stamp marking the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence and the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 14:01:00 +0100Poznań cathedral throws open doors to rarely seen Golden Chapel as Independence Day treat for visitorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-cathedral-throws-open-doors-to-rarely-seen-golden-chapel-as-independence-day-treat-for-visitors-3186<p>The fathers of Poznań’s cathedral are joining in the Independence Day spirit by opening the sacral building’s usually off-limits Golden Chapel as a special treat for the city’s faithful on Poland’s big day on Sunday.</p>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 10:47:00 +0100Capital’s historic Prudential tower, embodying everything glamorous about interwar Poland, reopens as luxury hotelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/capitals-historic-prudential-tower-embodying-everything-glamorous-about-interwar-poland-reopens-as-luxury-hotel-3182<p>With little in the way of fanfare and fireworks, this week saw one of Warsaw’s best-loved landmarks quietly regain its position as one of the capital’s true icons.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:28:00 +0100Poland should be at centre of new economic league, argues reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-should-be-at-centre-of-new-economic-league-argues-report-3180<p>Amid speculation about the revival of the medieval economic alliance of northern-European states, a new article argues for the creation of a Hanseatic League 2.0 and why Poland’s role would be integral.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:39:00 +0100Done and dusted: Poland and US sign gas dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/done-and-dusted-poland-and-us-sign-gas-deal-3176<p>Polish state-run gas company PGNiG has signed a long-term contract for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:35:00 +0100PM warns zero tolerance for racism on Independence marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-warns-zero-tolerance-for-racism-on-independence-march-3174<p>The prime minister has pledged the authorities will “eliminate” any signs of extremism on an official march on Sunday in Warsaw to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Polish independence.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 12:47:00 +0100Polish government provides 500 houses for Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-provides-500-houses-for-iraq-3173<p>A convoy of ten trucks transporting 500 temporary homes valued at PLN 3 mln (EUR 698, 470) is heading from Gdańsk, northern Poland, to Mosul in northern Iraq. The houses are a form of humanitarian aid from the Polish government.</p>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 09:43:00 +0100Take a closer look at those tiny houseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/take-a-closer-look-at-those-tiny-houses-65<p>Take a closer look at some examples of the models from Paweł Chmurzyński "Studio Miniatur". Here you'll find, in a miniature scale, Warsaw's most iconic builidings and houses.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 20:47:00 +0100Model-maker creates delightful miniatures of pre-war Warsaw – and ends up on cover of Iron Maiden albumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/model-maker-creates-delightful-miniatures-of-pre-war-warsaw--and-ends-up-on-cover-of-iron-maiden-album-3169<p>It’s early morning in the north of Warsaw and to escape the hustle and bustle of rush hour mayhem we are sitting in a cosy basement studio.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 20:03:00 +0100The future’s bright, the future’s Poland, says World Economic Forum reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-futures-bright-the-futures-poland-says-world-economic-forum-report-3167<p>As Poland gears up to celebrate it’s 100 years of independence, a new report says the country’s future is brighter than ever. &nbsp;</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:56:00 +0100Top guns: Army to get six state-of-the-art missile defence systemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-guns-army-to-get-six-state-of-the-art-missile-defence-systems-3164<p>From drones to helicopters, the Pilica missile defence system can tackle them all.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:29:00 +0100Pope sends letter to mark Poland's independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-sends-letter-to-mark-polands-independence-centenary-3161<p>On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining independence, Pope Francis sent a letter to Poles in which he declared that he was praying for Poland to enjoy the gift of freedom in unity and peace.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:34:00 +0100The Eagle has landed: Special Live Edition of the #HeartofPolandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-eagle-has-landed-special-live-edition-of-the-heartofpoland-3158<p>The 11th of November, 2018, will be one of the most important, significant and emotional days in Poland’s history.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:49:00 +0100US sees Poland as regional cybersecurity leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-sees-poland-as-regional-cybersecurity-leader-3155<p>The US sees Poland as a regional leader in the area of cybersecurity, and the work carried out by Poland and the US will lead to EU security, emphasised US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at a briefing after the end of a US cybersecurity training.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:30:00 +0100Not as draught as it sounds: Bored programmer looking for new job comes up with Poland’s most successful game app – EVER!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-as-draught-as-it-sounds-bored-programmer-looking-for-new-job-comes-up-with-polands-most-successful-game-app--ever-3152<p>A Polish programmer has scored an astonishing success with a draughts game app that he designed in his spare time to have something to put on his CV.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 +0100Poland signs 24-year deal for US gashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-24-year-deal-for-us-gas-3151<p>Polish gas monopolist PGNiG has signed a 24-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply contract with Cheniere Marketing International, the Polish company said in a Thursday statement.</p>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:38:00 +0100Around 400 events worldwide to mark independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-400-events-worldwide-to-mark-independence-centenary-3149<p>Out of PLN 240 million (EUR 56 mln) earmarked for celebrating the centenary of Poland regaining independence around PLN 64 million (EUR 15 mln) will be spent on the "foreign component," Deputy Prime Minister and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 19:41:00 +0100Into Africa: NGO helps vulnerable local communities build eco-houseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-to-africa-ngo-helps-vulnerable-local-communities-build-eco-houses-3144<p>A Polish NGO is building 60 eco homes in West Africa to teach locals how to create resilient housing and improve living conditions for the most vulnerable in the region.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:12:00 +0100Food for thought: Museum serves up kosher delights at Food Safety Congresshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/food-for-thought-museum-serves-up-kosher-delights-at-food-safety-congress-3139<p>It was foodie heaven at the 5th Food Safety Congress this week where delegates were treated to Poland’s first ever kosher food fair.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:19:00 +0100She’s done it! Warsaw gal becomes Poland's first female visual artist to win coveted Yaddo Residencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shes-done-it-warsaw-artist-becomes-first-polish-woman-in-history-to-win-prestigious-yaddo-residency-3133<p>Warsaw-based artist, Maess Anand, whose work explores the life of an organism attacked by cancer, has become the first Polish female visual artist to win the residency at the artists‘ colony near Saratoga Springs, New York.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:46:00 +0100Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-3131<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:53:00 +0100Paderewski Cyclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/paderewski-cycle-3129<p>Paderewski Cycle is an competition in the United States inspired by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:11:00 +0100Retail sales in Poland up y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-in-poland-up-yy-in-september---eurostat-3127<p>Polish retail sales grew by 6.5 percent year on year in September 2018 after a 6.5 percent increase in August. Month on month, retail sales rose by 0.6 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:08:00 +0100The Asian concert tour of Warsaw Symphonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-asian-concert-tour-of-warsaw-symphony-3123<p>The Warsaw Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, performed in China in October. After eight concerts, Warsaw's Symphony musicians will now set off to South Korea and will play two concerts on November 10 and 11 in Usan and Seoul.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:43:00 +0100"Une avant-garde Polonaise" exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/une-avant-garde-polonaise-exhibition-at-the-pompidou-center-in-paris-3119<p>The exhibition of works by Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński, co-organized by the Museum of Art in Łódź and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, was opened at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:35:00 +0100Exhibition "Young Poland. Polish Fin de Siecle Art "https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-young-poland-polish-fin-de-siecle-art--3117<p>In the art museum in Gothenburg, in cooperation with the National Museum in Warsaw and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, an exhibition devoted to Polish art from the 19th and 20th century was opened.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:23:00 +0100The Polish-Ukrainian Orchestra of Entertainmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-polish-ukrainian-orchestra-of-entertainment-3115<p>The best musicians from Poland and Ukraine, with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, will create an orchestra of entertainment.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:18:00 +0100Hymne a la Polognehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hymne-a-la-pologne-3113<p>A festive concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:12:00 +0100U.S. Energy Sec. Perry jets in to Poland for energy security talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-energy-sec-perry-jets-in-to-poland-for-energy-security-talks-3107<p>The United States’ Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will visit Poland Thursday (Oct. 8<sup>th</sup>) as part of a trip to Central and Eastern Europe, which will also include Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Hungary.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:46:00 +0100Presentation of the Polish theater in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presentation-of-the-polish-theater-in-paris-3108<p>The Zar Theatre will be performing at the legendary Bouffes du Nord theatre in Paris.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:43:00 +0100World leaders to celebrate Poland's independence centenary in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-leaders-to-celebrate-polands-independence-centenary-in-december-3105<p>Leaders of some 50 countries, who will come to Poland to attend a UN climate summit in December, will take part in celebrations marking Poland's independence centenary, PAP was told on Wednesday by the Polish president's top aide, Krzysztof Szczerski.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:50:00 +0100October unemployment rate at 5.7 percent – labour ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/october-unemployment-rate-at-57-percent--labour-minister-3104<p>In October 2018, the unemployment rate amounted to 5.7 percent, the same level as in September, Labor and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:21:00 +0100Polish food on show at Shanghai import fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-on-show-at-shanghai-import-fair-3102<p>Polish food products are on show from Tuesday at the China International Import Expo (CIIE). Poland's display at the fair was opened on Tuesday by Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 20:20:00 +0100Tree-mendous! Decimated woodland turned into spectacular ‘Polish Eagle forest’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tree-mendous-decimated-woodland-turned-into-spectacular-polish-eagle-forest-3097<p>A forest destroyed by hurricane winds has been replanted into the shape of a huge Polish eagle to celebrate 100 years of Polish independence.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:45:00 +0100Cycling legend who was three times world champ struggling to pay costs after horror crash leaves him paralysedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cycling-legend-who-was-three-times-world-champ-struggling-to-pay-costs-after-horror-crash-leaves-him-paralysed-3093<p>One of Poland’s most famous road bicycle racers has been left paralysed and struggling to meets the cost of his recovery after suffering serious injuries in a bike crash.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 16:55:00 +0100Gripe on the ocean wave: Four-decade border dispute resolved by gas pipehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gripe-on-the-ocean-wave-four-decade-border-dispute-resolved-by-gas-pipe-3091<p>A 40-year border dispute between Poland and Denmark has finally been resolved after cooperation on a project to build a gas pipeline between the two countries provided the impetus to reach an amicable solution.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 14:24:00 +0100September's inflation at 2.0 pct y/y in Poland - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/septembers-inflation-at-20-pct-yy-in-poland---oecd-3090<p>September's inflation in Poland amounted to 2.0 percent year on year, down from 2.1 percent in the previous month. Core inflation fell to 0.9 percent from 1.0 percent a month earlier, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has reported.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:18:00 +0100Polish Film Festival starts in Torontohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-festival-starts-in-toronto-3087<p>The 10th edition of the Polish Film Festival was inaugurated in Toronto on Monday with the screening of "Cold War" (Zimna wojna), a Paweł Pawlikowski production.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 12:32:00 +0100A secret command centre in Uxbridge to a country pub in Ruislip, fascinating new app follows trail of WWII Polish airmen in UKhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-a-secret-command-centre-in-uxbridge-to-a-country-pub-in-ruislip-fascinating-new-app-takes-explorers-on-the-trail-of-polish-airmen-based-in-wwii-britain-3085<p>A bunker, a memorial and even their favourite pub: a Polish Air Force Heritage Trail has been launched by Hillingdon Council in Britain.</p>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:24:00 +0100Ancient Lion of Al-lat stands proud again after being restored by Polish archaeologistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-lion-of-al-lat-stands-proud-again-after-being-restored-by-polish-archaeologists-3081<p>An ancient statue destroyed by rampaging ISIS terrorists has been painstakingly restored by Polish renovators and archaeologists.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:59:00 +0100Ice one, Nat! Speedy Natalia is first Pole in history to get gold in thrilling World Cup skating comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ice-one-nat-speedy-natalia-is-first-pole-in-history-to-get-gold-in-thrilling-world-cup-skating-comp-3078<p>Ice-skating champ Natalia Maliszewska has become the first Polish woman in history to win gold at the short track World Cup.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:38:00 +0100PKO bank KOs competition in Europe-wide stress battlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bank-kos-competition-in-europe-wide-stress-battle-3075<p>PKO Bank Polski has been judged the most resistant to negative macroeconomic scenarios in stress tests carried out by the European Banking Authority.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:13:00 +0100Independence programme to build Poland's image abroad - culture minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independence-programme-to-build-polands-image-abroad---culture-min-3076<p>The "Niepodległa" (Independence) programme, prepared by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage also includes plans for celebrating Poland's centenary of regaining independence abroad, Culture Minister Piotr Gliński said at a conference on Monday.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:25:00 +0100Ombudsman awarded ‘distinguished’ Rafto Prize for Human Rightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ombudsman-awarded-distinguished-rafto-prize-for-human-rights-3074<p>Polish Ombudsman Adam Bodnar has won this year’s Rafto Prize for Human Rights.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:28:00 +0100Bank Millennium buys Societe Generale-owned Euro Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bank-millennium-buys-societe-generale-owned-euro-bank-3073<p>Bank Millennium has signed a deal to buy 99.79 percent in Euro Bank from Societe Generale for PLN 1.833 billion (EUR 425.15 mln), Bank Millennium said in a Monday statement.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 12:24:00 +0100Richest 100 Poles of the centuryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/richest-100-poles-of-the-century-3068<p>Leopold Julian Kronenberg (1849-1937), Polish banker and financier, founder of Bank Handlowy, topped the list of the 100 richest Poles of the last 100 years, according to the data compiled by weekly magazine Wprost.</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:14:00 +0100All hands on deck: homeless men build ocean-going vessel in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-hands-on-deck-homeless-men-build-ocean-going-vessel-in-warsaw-3066<p>A group of homeless men have banded together to build a 22-metre ship to sail around the world and the teach values of humanity, and raise awareness of homelessness.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0100Poles vote in local election run-off roundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-vote-in-local-election-run-off-round-3064<p>A run-off round of local elections started in Poland on Sunday, November 4, in districts where no candidate for a district head or town and city mayor won over 50 percent of valid votes on October 21.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 15:06:00 +0100Amputee footballers head home after quarter-final penalty shoot-out ends World Cup dreamshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amputee-footballers-head-home-after-quarter-final-penalty-shoot-out-ends-world-cup-dreams-3062<p>Poland’s amputee football team went down fighting in a penalty shoot out to Angola in the World Amputee Football Cup quarter finals.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 15:00:00 +0100Aim For The Tsars: Stepping back in time in the village of Białowieżahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aim-for-the-tsars-stepping-back-in-time-in-the-village-of-bialowieza-3058<p>Few regions in Poland evoke quite the same emotions as Białowieża; challenge a native on the subject, and they’ll likely wax lyrical about nature’s noble beasts and the wild, dark forests in which they’re found prowling.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 14:12:00 +0100A house with no bills: firm designs house that produces more energy than it needshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-house-with-no-bills-firm-designs-house-that-produces-more-energy-than-it-needs-3054<p>A Warsaw-based start-up company has designed a house that can produce all the energy it needs, and have some to spare. The house promises to be a budget-friendly option for people eager to reduce their environmental footprint, while saving money on bills.</p>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 11:27:00 +0100Scrap music: man turns computer waste into electronic instrumenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scrap-music-man-turns-computer-waste-into-electronic-instrument-3051<p>Michael Jackson’s 1980s hit Thriller has been given a recycled makeover by science student who has created an electronic instrument out of redundant pieces of computer technology.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 18:10:00 +0100PKO BP, Pekao in top three most resilient European bankshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bp-pekao-in-top-three-most-resilient-european-banks-3049<p>The results of an EU-wide stress test of 48 banks shows that Polish bank PKO BP is the most resilient to a common set of adverse economic developments. Bank Pekao also came in the top three of the tests conducted by the European Banking Authority (EBA).</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 16:58:00 +0100Port of Gdańsk opens trade office in Shanghaihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/port-of-gdansk-opens-trade-office-in-shanghai-3047<p>The Port of Gdańsk, on Poland's northern Baltic coast, opened a trade office in Shangahai on Saturday. It is the port's first representation in China and is tasked with strengthening existing partnerships with Chinese companies, among other duties.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 16:21:00 +0100Statue of WWII general who ended up pulling pints in Scotland unveiled in Edinburghhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/statue-of-wwii-general-who-ended-up-pulling-pints-in-scotland-unveiled-in-edinburgh-3044<p>A Polish war hero who ended up running a bar in his adopted home of Edinburgh has finally been memorialised in bronze thanks to the campaign of a late lord and the ensuing efforts of his daughter.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 15:59:00 +0100Very short haul: LOT starts 30 minutes flights to Lublinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/very-short-haul-lot-starts-30-minutes-flights-to-lublin-3041<p>From Tokyo to Los Angeles, there is no shortage of direct connections from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport. Yet in addition to far-flung routes, Poland’s national airline LOT offers destinations rather closer to home – most recently Lublin, a city of around 350,000 inhabitants in eastern Poland.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 13:21:00 +0100Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' nominated for BIFA awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawlikowskis-cold-war-nominated-for-bifa-award-3039<p>Polish-British director Paweł Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' (Zimna Wojna) is among five films nominated for the British Independent Film Awards in the Best Foreign Independent Film category, the Polish Film Institute announced on Friday.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 13:11:00 +0100Dig you believe it: archaeologist excavates massive ancient town he discovered as a teenagerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dig-you-believe-it-archaeologist-excavates-massive-ancient-town-he-discovered-as-a-teenager-3036<p>An archaeologist is excavating a seven-thousand-year-old settlement he discovered by accident when he was a teenager.</p>Sat, 03 Nov 2018 11:36:00 +0100Stability in Ukraine crucial - Morawiecki, Merkelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stability-in-ukraine-crucial---morawiecki-merkel-3034<p>Germany and Poland see the importance of stability in Ukraine, also in the context of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, PM Mateusz Morawiecki and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after Friday talks in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 20:09:00 +0100Pole position in Tinsel Town: Polish acting talent makes waves in Hollywoodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-position-in-tinsel-town-polish-acting-talent-makes-waves-in-hollywood-3031<p>With ‘Cold War,’ the latest effort by Academy-award-winning director Paweł Pawlikowski, creating fresh Oscars buzz, Polish acting talent appears to be the centre of Hollywood’s attention with stars lined up for film and television productions.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 19:00:00 +0100EBRD revises GDP growth upwards for 2018-2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-revises-gdp-growth-upwards-for-2018-2019-3029<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has raised predictions made in May for Polish GDP growth for 2018 and 2019.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:49:00 +0100A sea of candles and memories: All Saints day in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/a-sea-of-candles-and-memories-all-saints-day-in-poland-217<p>If you fly over Poland tonight and in the coming days you’ll see a sea of lights twinkling in the darkness. Not from cars or streetlights, but from the millions of candles that Poles put on the graves of their families. It’s the 1st of November. It’s All Saints Day. An emotional day where Poland’s past and present come together in a moving act of national and individual remembrance.&nbsp;</p><p>In this special episode of Heart of Poland, Patrick Ney visits one of Warsaw’s most important cemeteries to take you straight to the heart of this day. Discover the traditions and origins of All Saints Day and hear from people visiting the graves of loved ones and special figures from Polish history.</p><p>Share if this film moved you and share your comments below.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 16:56:00 +0100In the dead of the night: Zaduszki, the day when the spirits of the dead were thought to be out and abouthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-dead-of-the-night-zaduszki-the-day-when-the-spirits-of-the-dead-were-thought-to-be-out-and-about-3026<p>Mexico may be famous for its Day of the Dead celebrations, but in Polish culture the beginning of November is just as important, if perhaps less spectacular.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:16:00 +0100Polish firms to take part in China International Import Expohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-to-take-part-in-china-international-import-expo-3024<p>Eighty-one Polish enterprises will take part in China International Import Expo fair (CIIE) for foreign companies, to be held for the first time in Shanghai on November 5-10.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:11:00 +0100Monumental rising: Przemyśl’s fortress and historic old town get upgraded to Monuments of Historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monumental-rising-przemysls-fortress-and-historic-old-town-get-upgraded-to-monuments-of-history-3021<p>The huge 19th-century military fort system in Przemyśl and the city’s Old Town could become UNESCO World Heritage sites after they became Monuments of History. The announcement made on a recent trip to the city by culture minister Piotr Gliński is a necessary step towards the two sites being entered on the prestigious UNESCO list.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 11:33:00 +0100Royal residences in Warsaw and Kraków open their doors to visitorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-residences-in-warsaw-and-krakow-open-their-doors-to-visitors-3018<p>Workshops, tours and exhibitions are among the attractions of the "Admission-free November at Royal Residences" campaign, which will last from November 2 to 30.</p>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:12:00 +0100EBRD raises Poland's GDP growth forecasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-raises-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-3017<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development raised Poland's GDP growth forecast for 2018 to 4.7 pct year on year, and to 3.6 pct year on year for 2019, up by 0.7 and 0.3 pct respectively, compared to May's forecasts, the bank said in a recent report.</p>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 20:45:00 +0100Merkel and ministers in town for talks with governmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/merkel-and-ministers-in-town-for-talks-with-government-3015<p>Angela Merkel and members of her cabinet arrive in Warsaw on November 2 for Polish-German talks on bilateral relations and key EU matters.</p>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 18:47:00 +0100New guide raises the roof on Łódź’s long forgotten, but beautiful, Art Nouveau architecturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-guide-raises-the-roof-on-lodzs-long-forgotten-but-beautiful-art-nouveau-architecture-3013<p>A new publication dedicated to lifting the lid on the urban Art Nouveau scene in Łódź is due to hit the shelves this November.</p>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 15:32:00 +0100Special concert to mark independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-concert-to-mark-independence-centenary-3011<p>A November 10 concert at Warsaw's National Stadium will be among numerous events marking this year's Polish independence centenary, Kamil Wnuk, spokesperson for the centenary organisers, informed PAP on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:42:00 +0100Massive statue of Polish hero takes the place of Red Army monument to celebrate independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/massive-statue-of-polish-hero-takes-the-place-of-red-army-monument-to-celebrate-independence-3008<p>A giant statue of the father of modern Poland, Marshal Józef Piłsudski, has been erected on the site of a former Red Army monument in Nowy Sącz to celebrate the upcoming centennial of Poland regaining its independence.</p>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0100Blind teenage pianist lives the dream by playing in front of an audiencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blind-teenage-pianist-lives-the-dream-by-playing-in-front-of-an-audience-3005<p>A dream came true for a blind 13-year-old pianist on Sunday when he had the surprise opportunity to play in front of an audience.</p>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 09:56:00 +0100Poland receives EUR 389.2 million from EU funds in Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-3892-million-from-eu-funds-in-september-3003<p>Poland received EUR 389.2 million from EU funds in September 2018, including EUR 104.66 million in current transfers and EUR 284.5 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in Wednesday's statement.</p>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 20:38:00 +0100A tomb with a view: Stunning photos of Powązki cemetery and the fascinating stories of the men and women buried withinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/a-tomb-with-a-view-stunning-photos-of-powazki-cemetery-and-the-fascinating-stories-of-the-men-and-women-buried-there-63<p>With over 1 million graves, covering over 100 acres and dating back to 1790, Powązki cemetery is one of the oldest and noblest in Warsaw.</p>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 18:07:00 +0100Films by Wajda and Kieślowski are two of the greatest of all time, according to BBChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/films-by-wajda-and-kieslowski-two-of-the-greatest-of-all-time-according-to-bbc-2999<p>Films by Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieślowski have made it on to the BBC’s list of the greatest 100 foreign language films of all time.</p>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 16:22:00 +0100EUR 740 mln budget surplus after September - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-740-mln-budget-surplus-after-september---minfin-2998<p>Poland's budget surplus after September 2018 amounted to PLN 3.2 billion (EUR 740 million), the Finance Ministry announced in a press release on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:53:00 +0100Poland's inflation seen at 1.7 pct y/y in Oct - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-seen-at-17-pct-yy-in-oct---stats-office-2997<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.7 percent year on year and by 0.4 percent month on month in October 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:38:00 +0100Fright Night: The scene of the world’s ‘scariest video’ has become a magnet for ghost huntershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fright-night-the-scene-of-the-worlds-scariest-video-has-become-a-magnet-for-ghost-hunters-2994<p>Attracting teenage drinkers, prowling paintballers and trainee search and rescue teams putting their dogs through their paces, during daytime the Zofiówka sanatorium feels much like any number of derelict complexes found across the country – at least it would were it not for the dark residual energy that unmistakably swirls around it. Indeed, by the time it was closed in the mid-90s, spooky goings-on were well underway.</p>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:19:00 +0100Scottish first minister visits Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scottish-first-minister-visits-auschwitz-2992<p>Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon underscored at a visit to the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau that, the “horrific crimes against humanity” perpetrated there should never be forgotten.</p>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:26:00 +0100Horrific death camp computer game where players are SS guards murdering inmates comes under investigationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/horrific-death-camp-computer-game-where-players-are-ss-guards-murdering-inmates-comes-under-investigation-2989<p>A horrifying computer game in which players take on the role of SS guards as they murder prisoners in the notorious Nazi-German concentration camp Auschwitz has come under investigation.</p>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 12:04:00 +0100Poles want to have a say in future of EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-want-to-have-a-say-in-future-of-eu-2987<p>Poles are eager to discuss the future of the European Union and want to make a conscious and active contribution to its co-creation, said Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz in an interview published in Wednesday's edition of the Rzeczpospolita daily.</p>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:23:00 +0100The incredible story of the female spies, revolutionaries and soldiers who helped build Polish independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-incredible-story-of-the-female-spies-revolutionaries-and-soldiers-who-helped-build-polish-independence-2984<p>When Aleksandra Szczerbińska met Poland’s future national hero and statesman Józef Piłsudski, she was already heavily involved in politics.</p>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 19:59:00 +0100New Israeli ambassador to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-israeli-ambassador-to-poland-2982<p>Alexander Ben-Zvi will be the new Israeli ambassador to Poland, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. Ben-Zvi, who will begin his tenure in the summer of 2019, will replace to-date envoy Anna Azari.</p>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 19:29:00 +0100IT students find ‘foxy’ solution to hectic life schedules with new mobile-friendly apphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-students-find-foxy-solution-to-hectic-life-schedules-with-new-mobile-friendly-app-2979<p>An app that links to your phone and helps to organise your life has been developed by a group of university students.</p>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 18:00:00 +0100Joint venture to create national cloud services operatorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/joint-venture-to-create-national-cloud-services-operator-2976<p>The Polish Development Fund (PFR) has signed a deal with the Polish bank PKO BP to establish a national cloud services operator, said the president of PFR Paweł Borys.</p>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 17:34:00 +0100Number of arrivals of foreigners to Poland up in 2018 – tourism ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-arrivals-of-foreigners-to-poland-up-in-2018--tourism-ministry-2975<p>The number of arrivals of foreigners to Poland increased in the first half of this year by 2.4 percent in relation to the same period last year and amounted to 41.8 million, according to estimates of the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism.</p>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:18:00 +0100Scythe-wielding city dwellers turn to natural grass-cutting methods in slicing anti-noise and fume drivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scythe-wielding-city-dwellers-turn-to-natural-grass-cutting-methods-in-slicing-anti-noise-and-fume-drive-2973<p>Tired of congestion, traffic fumes and noise, people in Warsaw are getting back to nature by learning the rural craft of cutting grass with a traditional scythe.</p>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 15:55:00 +0100Poland leads the way in giving non-EU citizens residency visashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-leads-the-way-in-giving-non-eu-citizens-residency-visas-2968<p>Poland has been issuing more first residence permits to non-EU citizens than any other member state, according to Eurostat, the European Commission’s statistics office.</p>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 12:15:00 +0100Defence Min. flies to US for high-powered military base meeting with NSA chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-min-flies-to-us-for-high-powered-military-base-meeting-with-nsa-chief-2966<p>Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak is in Washington, D.C. to seek support for a US base in Poland.</p>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 17:59:00 +0100Polish treasure from 4th century BC transferred to National Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-treasure-from-4th-century-bc-transferred-to-national-museum-2965<p>Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński announced on Monday that a red-figure lekythos dating back to the fourth century BC had officially been returned to the National Museum in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 17:11:00 +0100‘Golden boy’ Kurek becomes only 3rd Pole in history to win coveted European Volleyball Confederation awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/golden-boy-kurek-becomes-only-3rd-pole-in-history-to-win-coveted-european-volleyball-confederation-award-2962<p>Volleyball super star Bartosz Kurek is set to be named as volleyball player of the year.</p>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 16:41:00 +0100Japanese agency confirms Poland's currency rating at "A-"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/japanese-agency-confirms-polands-currency-rating-at-a--2961<p>The Japanese Rating Investment and Information agency has confirmed Poland's foreign currency rating at "A-", and raised the country's rating prospects from negative to stable.</p>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:54:00 +0100‘Shocking and disturbing’ Pop-art of the Holocaust goes on show in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shocking-and-disturbing-pop-art-of-the-holocaust-goes-on-show-in-krakow-2959<p>An exhibition of visually ‘disturbing and shocking’ pop-art about the Holocaust has gone on show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK) in Kraków.</p>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:15:00 +0100Central bank: over 40 mln payment cards in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-over-40-mln-payment-cards-in-poland-2957<p>The number of payment cards in Poland at the end of the second quarter of 2018 grew to 40.2 million, 685,000 more than at the end of the first quarter, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:22:00 +0100‘Heroine of the skies’ and pilot boyfriend killed in horror air crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heroine-of-the-skies-and-pilot-boyfriend-killed-in-horror-air-crash-2954<p>A Polish pilot described as an “inspiration to Poles in the UK” has been named of one of the victims of Saturday’s helicopter crash in England that claimed the lives of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire who owned Leicester City football club, and four others.</p>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 11:13:00 +0100Rust in pieces: A look back at Poland’s lost car graveyardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rust-in-pieces-a-look-back-at-polands-lost-car-graveyard-2951<p>As Poles across the country prepare to descend on the nation’s cemeteries to honour their dead on the occasion of All Saints’ Day, urban explorers will be mourning the vivid memory of arguably the country’s most remarkable graveyard of all.</p>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 18:37:00 +0100President expresses unity with US over Pittsburgh shootinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-expresses-unity-with-us-over-pittsburgh-shooting-2950<p>In my own name and on behalf of the whole Polish nation, I convey expressions of deep sympathy over the anti-Semitic attack committed at a synagogue in Pittsburg, Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote in a condolence message to US President Donald Trump.</p>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 17:05:00 +0100Novel story: donations pour in for man who lost his business when criminals torched his book vanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/novel-story-donations-pour-in-for-man-who-lost-his-business-when-criminals-torched-his-book-van-2948<p>A bookseller who lost his livelihood when vandals torched his mobile book shop is back in action thanks to the generosity of the public.</p>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 16:45:00 +0100Poznań's Freedom Mound restored for independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznans-freedom-mound-restored-for-independence-centenary-2944<p>The Freedom Mound in Poznań has been refurbished to mark Poland's centenary of regaining independence. The structure is planned to be re-opened on November 11.</p>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 16:28:00 +0100Edward Dwurnik, artist who won international fame during the Communist times, passes awayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/edward-dwurnik-artist-that-who-won-international-fame-during-the-communist-times-passes-away-2946<p>Edward Dwurnik, since the 1970s among the most internationally successful Polish artists, died on Sunday morning, aged 75.</p>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 16:11:00 +0100Conservators battle against time to preserve Auschwitz and Holocaust victims’ possessionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conservators-battle-against-time-to-preserve-auschwitz-and-holocaust-victims-possessions-2941<p>Just a few years ago, it was normal to see former camp prisoners visiting the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in groups or with their families. Now such visits are becoming a rarity and soon that dwindling group of survivors will finally pass into memory.</p>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 10:52:00 +0100Kraków Airport offers 10 new destinations in winter schedulehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-offers-10-new-destinations-in-winter-schedule-2940<p>Kraków Airport, the second biggest airport in Poland, has put 10 new destinations on its winter schedule as of Sunday. In total, 20 carriers operating from the airport will offer 100 connections.</p>Sat, 27 Oct 2018 19:34:00 +0200Visual artist and choreographer pushes the boundaries to scoop international art prizehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visual-artist-and-choreographer-pushes-the-boundaries-to-scoop-international-art-prize-2938<p>This year’s Frieze Artist Award, connected to one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs, has been won by Polish-British visual artist and choreographer Alex Baczyński-Jenkins.</p>Sat, 27 Oct 2018 19:08:00 +0200Living in a box: man converts storage cupboard into 13-sqm micro-flathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/living-in-a-box-man-converts-storage-cupboard-into-13-sqm-micro-flat-61<p>A self-confessed minimalist has attracted the attention of the international design world after converting on old storage unit into a microscopic 13-square-metre flat.</p><p>Szymon Hanczar, a lecturer at Wrocław’s school of art and design, converted the old unit in Wrocław into an apartment in 2017, giving it all the functionality of a conventional home despite its postcard-sized proportions.</p><p>His unique project has resulted in articles about it in publications such as ‘Small Homes. Grand Living’, ‘Label Magazine’ and ‘Icon’.</p><p>“After an adventure like this, you start to see that there are more important things than objects,” says Hanczar. “I think we are living in an era of excess, it is irresponsible, it is sick. Less stuff can make you happier.”</p><p>Keeping this in mind he managed to squeeze every inch of his life into the tiny room. The flat comes with a bathroom with a shower, a double bed, washing machine, desk, drawers, kitchenette, a closet, a hammock and even a shelf to store his bike.</p><p>The double bed sits elevated at the top of the apartment and under it lurks the kitchenette, the bathroom and a handy cupboard.</p><p>The elevated bed is something Hanczar is particularly fond of. “That saves a lot of space, because I get additional square metres, more than four, which is a lot in this case,” he says.</p><p>Within the extra four square metres the kitchenette boasts a sink, cupboards and pull-out chopping board. On the right there’s a sliding door which leads to the simple white tiled bathroom. Next to the bathroom is a closet which is where you will find the washing machine, iron and clothes hamper.</p><p>Hanczar has furnished the main living areas with a desk and a chair on one side of the room, and a chest of drawers on the other side. The furniture he chose is multi-purpose and elegant. The desk, for example, can be extended and a chair added, so two people can sit at it.</p><p>Hanczar’s apartment eliminates the want for material extravagance. The smart layout and stripped back style has everything an independent city dweller needs although Hanczar concedes his tiny flat is easy to outgrow, and it might not be to everyone's tastes.</p>Sat, 27 Oct 2018 14:37:00 +0200Kraków nativity scenes make UNESCO intangible cultural heritage listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-nativity-scenes-make-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage-list-2937<p>UNESCO's Evaluation Body has issued a positive recommendation for the inclusion of traditional Krakovian 'szopki' or nativity scenes on the prestigious UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list.</p>Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:10:00 +0200Picture perfect: children get the chance to learn about the poster’s role in Polish independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picture-perfect-children-get-the-chance-to-learn-about-the-posters-role-in-polish-independence-2933<p>Children had the chance to learn about the myriad of ways Poland used art in its fight for freedom during a unique workshop entitled ‘100 Posters for 100 years of Independence.’</p>Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:04:00 +0200Hitting a high: Warsaw makes WSJ’s top 10 of “intriguing destinations”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-a-high-warsaw-makes-wsjs-top-10-of-intriguing-destinations-2931<p>Warsaw has made it onto the Wall Street Journal’s list of top 10 most intriguing travel destinations in the world for the year 2019.</p>Sat, 27 Oct 2018 11:35:00 +0200Stunning ‘never-before-seen’ art goes on show at Independence exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-never-before-seen-art-goes-on-show-at-independence-exhibition-2929<p>A new exhibition to celebrate Poland regaining independence 100 years ago is set to give visitors a treat by displaying hitherto unseen pieces of art from some of Poland’s artistic greats.</p>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 18:54:00 +0200Poland issued highest number of immigration permits in EU in 2017https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-issued-highest-number-of-immigration-permits-in-eu-in-2017-2928<p>In 2017, Polish authorities issued the most residence permits for immigrants of all the EU countries - nearly 700,000 - according to Eurostat data. Most of them were granted to Ukranians.</p>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:24:00 +0200Biz air: PAIH Expo - First Trade & Invest Forum - opens in Warsaw. TFN was therehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/biz-air-paih-expo---first-trade--invest-forum---opens-in-warsaw-tfn-was-there-2926<p>Polish trade looks set for global expansion if the crowds at the PAIH Expo 2018 - The First Trade &amp; Invest Forum held on October 25th - are anything to go by.</p>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:11:00 +0200Biz air: PAIH Expo - First Trade & Invest Forum - opens in Warsaw. TFN was therehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/biz-air-paih-expo---first-trade--invest-forum---opens-in-warsaw-tfn-was-there-213<p>Polish trade looks set for global expansion if the crowds at the PAIH Expo 2018 - The First Trade &amp; Invest Forum held on October 25th - are anything to go by.</p>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:08:00 +0200Bus stop becomes tourist sensation after locals turn it into cosy ‘living’ roomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bus-stop-becomes-tourist-sensation-after-locals-turn-it-into-cosy-living-room-2925<p>A village bus stop has become an internet hit and tourist attraction after locals transformed it into a comfy waiting room.</p>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:54:00 +0200Baton used by Auschwitz conductor handed to camp’s museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baton-used-by-auschwitz-conductor-handed-to-camps-museum-2921<p>The Auschwitz Memorial Museum has obtained a baton used by a camp inmate who conducted the camp’s orchestra.</p>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 11:43:00 +0200Kraków students build first mechanical rolling footbridge in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-students-build-first-mechanical-rolling-footbridge-in-poland-2919<p>Students from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków (southern Poland) have constructed the first mechanical rolling footbridge in Poland. The footbridge is 3.35 m long and is able to support weights of up to 200 kg, the university announced.</p>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 09:39:00 +0200Beer today, not gone tomorrow. Nor the day after: 9th Warsaw Beer Festival gets underwayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beer-today-not-gone-tomorrow-nor-the-day-after-9th-warsaw-beer-festival-gets-underway-2916<p>As a barometer of how far Polish brewing has come, there aren’t many indicators more accurate than the Warsaw Beer Festival.</p>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:55:00 +0200Eco-friendly Swedish firm to open battery base in Gdańskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-friendly-swedish-firm-to-open-battery-base-in-gdansk-2914<p>A Swedish battery producer is establishing a new facility in Gdańsk.</p>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 15:41:00 +0200The ‘Polish Hammer’ makes his debut with LA Clippers at start of the NBAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-polish-hammer-makes-his-debut-with-la-clippers-at-start-of-the-nba-2912<p>Knowing the difference between pierogi (dumplings) and kiełbasa (sausage) is not the most obvious requirement for a basketball pundit.</p>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 14:40:00 +0200Security leaders descend on Warsaw for annual forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/security-leaders-descend-on-warsaw-for-annual-forum-2906<p>The Warsaw Security Forum (WSF), the largest international meeting of global defence and security leaders, decision-makers and experts in this part of Europe, is underway in the Polish capital.</p>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:24:00 +0200Ruling party wins election to province assemblies, commission confirmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-wins-election-to-province-assemblies-commission-confirms-2905<p>The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party won the vote to Poland's province assemblies in Sunday's local election, winning 254 mandates, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) announced in the early hours on Thursday.</p>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:49:00 +0200Pole wins WWF Baltic Sea region Farmer of the Year int'l competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-wins-wwf-baltic-sea-region-farmer-of-the-year-intl-competition-2904<p>Krzysztof Kowalski was named the winner of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)'s international Farmer of the Year competition for the Baltic Sea region on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:43:00 +0200Two of the ‘forgotten greats’ of Polish avant-garde art go on display at Pompidou Centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-of-the-forgotten-greats-of-polish-avant-garde-art-go-on-display-at-pompidou-centre-2901<p>An exhibition of long-forgotten Polish avant-garde art has gone on show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.</p>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 20:22:00 +0200Government sets up new foundation to help businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-sets-up-new-foundation-to-help-business-2897<p>To support the development of Industry 4.0, the Polish government is establishing a new foundation that will help businesses.</p>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 16:26:00 +0200Purrrfect view: Cat sends internet wild after mysteriously appearing on top of Poland’s highest mountainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/purrrfect-view-cat-sends-internet-wild-after-mysteriously-appearing-on-top-of-polands-highest-mountain-2894<p>A cat has conquered Poland’s highest peak in a mountaineering achievement that has left climbers baffled as to how, and why, it got there.</p>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 15:54:00 +0200Relations with Poland back to normal - Israeli ambhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/relations-with-poland-back-to-normal---israeli-amb-2892<p>Polish-Israeli relations are back to normal, Israeli Ambassador to Poland Anna Azari told PAP on Tuesday at a gala marking the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Israeli embassy in Poland.</p>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 13:57:00 +0200First support forum for Polish business abroad to kick off on Thursdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-support-forum-for-polish-business-abroad-to-kick-off-on-thursday-2891<p>The first support forum for Polish business abroad: PAIH EXPO 2018 will be held at Warsaw's National Stadium on October 25.</p>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:53:00 +0200Some can't live without plastic, but SCOBY-doo. Student invents new packaging that grows like vegetables and is ediblehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/some-cant-live-without-plastic-but-scoby-doo-student-invents-new-packaging-that-grows-like-vegetables-and-is-edible-2889<p>A Polish design student has come up with a revolutionary way to dispose of plastic wrapping - with self-growing, edible packaging.</p>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:58:00 +0200Record number of foreign tourists expected in Poland this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-number-of-foreign-tourists-expected-in-poland-this-year-2886<p>The President of the Polish Tourist Organisation (POT), Robert Andrzejczyk has told PAP that he expects 2018 to be a record-breaking year for Polish tourism.</p>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:01:00 +0200Polish woman one of the most innovative female farmers in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-woman-one-of-the-most-innovative-female-farmers-in-eu-2885<p>Magdalena Węgiel, a trout breeder, is among the most innovative female farmers in the European Union, the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU has reported.</p>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 09:39:00 +0200Children’s hospital at the heart of the Warsaw Ghetto to be turned into museum ‘in memory of those who suffered’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/childrens-hospital-at-the-heart-of-the-warsaw-ghetto-to-be-turned-into-museum-in-memory-of-those-who-suffered-2883<p>Plans to build a museum in memory of Jews who suffered in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII have taken a step forward following the signing of a 30-year contract.</p>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:39:00 +0200Forget Dragon’s Den - here’s the Wolves Summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forget-dragons-den---heres-the-wolves-summit-2879<p>Over 300 creative brains from across the globe have descended on Warsaw, as well as those with the money to turn their ideas into business.</p>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:33:00 +0200There’s no business like Bo’s business: Award-winning ethical fashion designer Bożena Carter on how to make the world a better placehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/theres-no-business-like-bos-business-award-winning-ethical-fashion-designer-bozena-carter-on-how-to-make-the-world-a-better-place-2875<p>Her name sits alongside other award-winning fashion designers including Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood. But Bo’s background was far away from the glamour of the catwalk.</p>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:25:00 +0200Polish Independence Runhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-run-2873<p>There are many ways to celebrate events related to the regaining Independence by Poland. Here we present a sporty option.</p>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 13:55:00 +0200Polish-German relations are close, despite differences - German presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-relations-are-close-despite-differences---german-president-2870<p>German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday during a joint conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, who is visiting Berlin, that he is very happy that relations between the two countries "are so close despite a difference of views".</p>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 13:14:00 +0200Come fly with me: Fascinating exhibition shows off some of the best in Polish aviationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/come-fly-with-me-fascinating-exhibition-shows-off-some-of-the-best-in-polish-aviation-59<p>A newly-opened exhibition at the Warsaw University of Technology tells the fascinating history of Polish aviation. Running from October 22-23, the ‘Per aspera ad astra’ exhibition shows off some of Poland’s greatest aerial achievements, from fighter aircraft to rockets.</p>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 12:41:00 +0200Poland's unemployment at 5.7 pct in September - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-57-pct-in-september---stats-office-2868<p>Poland's unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in September 2018 from 5.8 percent a month earlier, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:15:00 +0200Polish Automotive Group seals partnership with Czech, Slovak firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-automotive-group-seals-partnership-with-czech-slovak-firms-2866<p>The Polish Automotive Group (PGM) will seek Polish spare part and component suppliers for the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) and KIA Motors Slovakia (KMS) auto makers under a sealed partnership agreement.</p>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 09:59:00 +0200Happy birthday, ma’am! Queen of Polish jazz, Urszula Dudziak, turns 75 todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-birthday-maam-queen-of-polish-jazz-urszula-dudziak-turns-75-today-2863<p>It’s a long way from a small village on the outskirts of Bielsko-Biała to the best recording studios in New York City.</p>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:42:00 +0200Is it a bush? Is it a wood? No, it’s an eco-friendly tramhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-it-a-bush-is-it-a-wood-no-its-an-eco-friendly-tram-2859<p>Officials in the province of Śląskie have come up with an innovative way of encouraging locals to be more air-pollution aware - by getting them to ride on a tram decorated with leaves.</p>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:02:00 +0200Do the locomotion: New train of thought sees introduction of railway+ scheme to improve connectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/do-the-locomotion-new-train-of-thought-sees-introduction-of-railway-scheme-to-improve-connections-2858<p>To improve train connections in Poland, the government is launching a Railway+ programme.</p>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:33:00 +0200More internet users in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-internet-users-in-poland-2856<p>The percentage of internet users in Poland grew by 1.6 percentage points year on year to 77.5 percent in 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:01:00 +0200Living the dream: Canadian couple quit the rat race to buy a castlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/living-the-dream-canadian-couple-quit-the-rat-race-to-buy-a-castle-2851<p>Supposedly built on a source of high concentrated energy, good vibes permeate The Palace at Osowa Sień.</p>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:40:00 +0200Poznań hosts Pol-Eco System fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-hosts-pol-eco-system-fair-2850<p>Low-emission economy, CO2 reduction and the smog problem will be among the main themes of the Tuesday-launching Pol-Eco System fair in Poznań, western Poland.</p>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:13:00 +0200Local gov't election results on Tuesday, Wednesday or even Thursdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-govt-election-results-on-tuesday-wednesday-or-even-thursday-2849<p>The deputy head of the State Electoral Commission (PKW), Wiesław Kozielewicz announced on Monday morning that the results of the Sunday local government elections will be announced either on Tuesday or Wednesday, but stressed that it could also be Thursday.</p>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:54:00 +0200Destination city hall: Vietnamese woman hopes to bring a soothing note to Warsaw politicshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/destination-city-hall-vietnamese-woman-hopes-to-bring-a-soothing-note-to-warsaw-politics-2846<p>Dao Minh Thuy has been playing the piano since she was seven. It was at this age her parents took her from Vietnam in search of a better life. They went first to Russia and then, four years later, to Poland. But music has never stopped being her inspiration, and now she wants Polish politics to play her tune.</p>Sun, 21 Oct 2018 19:55:00 +0200Nun inspires knitting frenzy for freezing children in Afghanistanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nun-inspires-knitting-frenzy-for-freezing-children-in-afghanistan-2843<p>The dedication of a Poznań nun sparked a nationwide response that helped a religious order send over 60,000 hand-knitted hats and gloves for freezing children in Afghanistan.</p>Sun, 21 Oct 2018 15:29:00 +0200Keep on running: Pole wins leg-destroying 380k ultra marathonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/keep-on-running-pole-wins-leg-destroying-380k-ultra-marathon-2840<p>Long-distance endurance runner Piotr Hercog has won possibly the toughest running race in the world, the Moab 240 in Utah.</p>Sun, 21 Oct 2018 13:57:00 +0200Local government elections start in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-government-elections-start-in-poland-2838<p>Local elections started in Poland at 7:0 a.m. on Sunday. Polling stations will close at 9:00 p.m. </p>Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:06:00 +0200To infinity and beyond: US and Poland talk about space co-operation as race for the stars hots uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/to-infinity-and-beyond-us-and-poland-talk-about-space-co-operation-as-race-for-the-stars-hots-up-2836<p>Polish-American co-operation – already strong in defence – could reach new heights. At the recent International Astronautical Congress in Germany, the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) discussed space cooperation with NASA. From technological research to space missions, the sky really is the limit.</p>Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:39:00 +0200Powerboat pensioner bags medal number 37 in world championshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerboat-pensioner-bags-medal-number-37-in-world-championship-2834<p>A 70-year-old from Poznań was one of two Poles to grab medals at last weekend’s finals of the Formula 125 powerboat world championship. Henryk Synoracki, a powerhouse in the powerboat world, picked up bronze at the finals in Italy, while his compatriot Sebastian Kęciński won silver.</p>Sat, 20 Oct 2018 19:42:00 +0200Record number of cruise ships docked at Gdańsk port this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-number-of-cruise-ships-docked-at-gdansk-port-this-year-2832<p>A record number of sixty seven passenger ships with more than 30,000 tourists on board, arrived this year at the Gdańsk port on the Polish Baltic coast. Last year 63 such vessels docked at Gdańsk.</p>Sat, 20 Oct 2018 18:55:00 +0200It’s dog’s life: photographer captures the canine character in all its gloryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/its-dogs-life-photographer-captures-the-canine-character-in-all-its-glory-57<p>Twenty-three-year-old Alicja Zmysłowska has been snapping dogs for over 12 years now.</p><p>Her passion for man’s best friend and travel has taken her across the world, shooting incredible pictures in remote places such as lava fields, glaciers, lagoons, fjords and waterfalls in Poland, Norway, Iceland and Alaska.</p><p>She has photographed over 25 breeds, including her own two dogs, and others taken from homeless shelters. Zmysłowska now holds workshops across Europe to help teach other photographers how to achieve the same stunning results with dogs.</p><p>Zmysłowska photography technique focuses on the surreal, even fantasy depiction of the dogs. She does this not to portray reality – but disconnect from it, and show another side of dogs, which people don’t normally see.</p>Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:13:00 +0200Poland to show its investment attractiveness at Expo 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-show-its-investment-attractiveness-at-expo-2020-2830<p>Poland at the Expo in Dubai will present not only the largest Polish companies with well-established brands, but also entrepreneurs from the SME sector: Tomasz Pisula, head of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH), has told PAP.</p>Sat, 20 Oct 2018 13:08:00 +0200Polish firm in line for top AI prizehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-in-line-for-top-ai-prize-2827<p>A Wrocław company has become the only firm from Central Europe to be nominated for the prestigious AI Masters Publicis Lion Award.</p>Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:33:00 +0200Polish films at Margaret Mead Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-films-at-margaret-mead-film-festival-2825<p>"Ethiopiques - Rebellion of the Soul" by Maciek Bochniak and "Runners" by Łukasz Borowski will represent Poland at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York.</p>Sat, 20 Oct 2018 10:54:00 +0200Café culture: pop-up Austrian coffeehouse brings coffee and slices of strudel and Austrian culture to Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cafe-culture-pop-up-austrian-coffeehouse-brings-coffee-and-slices-of-strudel-and-austrian-culture-to-warsaw-2823<p>From Mocca to Melange, and from Kleiner Bauner to Einspänner – a pop-up café is bringing Viennese coffeehouse culture to Warsaw. Organised by the Austrian Cultural Forum at its headquarters on Próźna Steet, the “Café Europa” provides a space for culture, debate or to linger over a newspaper – as the Kaffeehaus has done in Vienna for over a century.</p>Sat, 20 Oct 2018 10:38:00 +0200Hollywood hosts Polish Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hollywood-hosts-polish-film-festival-2820<p>The 19th edition of the Polish Film Festival began with a screening of the film "303 Squadron. The True Story", in Hollywood, the film capital of America. The showing took place at the legendary Egyptian Theatre.</p>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:45:00 +0200Polish companies using ground-breaking treatment in fight against cancerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-companies-using-ground-breaking-treatment-in-fight-against-cancer-2816<p>Polish scientists have taken the fight to cancer by using groundbreaking immunotherapy.</p>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:51:00 +0200Growing up as the child of exiles, interview with Michael Dembinskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/growing-up-as-the-child-of-exiles-interview-with-michael-dembinski-210<p>Michael Dembinski is one of thousands of children of Polish exiles who grew up in London in the 1950s. His mother had survived the Siberian gulags. His father had fought in the Warsaw Uprising. His parents, like thousands of other Poles, had to rebuild their lives in a foreign land. If they went back to Poland - they faced arrest, imprisonment or worse.</p><p>In this episode of the #heartofpoland show, our host Patrick Ney talks to Michael about his experiences growing up in the UK and then returning to Poland with his parents for the first time. His deep connection to the country of his parents brought him back to Poland in 1997 where he currently works as the Chief Advisor to the British Polish Chamber of Commerce and as a blogger and media commentator.</p>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:40:00 +0200Looking like the back of a bus? Not this slick, eco-friendly mountain-design Transport Centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/looking-like-the-back-of-a-bus-not-this-slick-eco-friendly-mountain-design-transport-centre-2812<p>The resort town of Zakopane, in southern Poland, has been a top destination for generations of tourists seeking a mountain break.</p>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:17:00 +0200First relief shipments of hay arrive in Swedenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-relief-shipments-of-hay-arrive-in-sweden-2810<p>Swedish horse breeders have received the first shipments of hay, which were sent to them by their Polish counterparts as part of a relief campaign after this year’s drought.</p>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:06:00 +0200‘It’s a dream come true,’ says B. Bix Aliu on his posting to Kraków as the new US Consulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-dream-come-true-says-b-bix-aliu-on-his-posting-to-krakow-as-the-new-us-consul-2808<p>A seasoned diplomat with postings in Warsaw, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia, America’s new consul to Kraków, B. Bix Aliu, is now back in Poland and says he’s ‘loving it’.</p>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:33:00 +0200Polish prime minister meets Singaporean PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-meets-singaporean-pm-2805<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) summit in Brussels on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:10:00 +0200‘Legend of the mountains’ to receive A-list award for outstanding excellencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/legend-of-the-mountains-to-receive-a-list-award-for-outstanding-excellence-2803<p>Legendary alpinist Krzystof Wielicki will tonight receive the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award 2018 for his outstanding contribution to mountaineering.</p>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:43:00 +0200Polish prime minister meets with Vietnamese PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-meets-with-vietnamese-pm-2801<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the sidelines of the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) summit in Brussels on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:14:00 +0200Polish chef is cream of the UK crop after winning fancy food awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chef-is-cream-of-the-uk-crop-after-winning-fancy-food-award-2796<p>A Polish chef has joined the ranks of the culinary elite after being awarded National Chef of the Year UK (NCOTY).</p>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:56:00 +0200Long-forgotten statue of ‘greatest pre-war leader’ goes on public displayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-statue-of-greatest-pre-war-leader-goes-on-public-display-2792<p>A statue of one of Poland’s greatest pre-war leaders, which lay hidden in the basement of Warsaw’s National Museum since the outbreak of WWII, has finally been restored and put on public display.</p>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:51:00 +0200Government closes VAT gaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-closes-vat-gap-2791<p>As EU countries grapple with missing VAT revenue, Poland has been reducing its VAT gap.</p>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:00:00 +0200Morawiecki-Merkel meeting on Brexit, migrationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/morawiecki-merkel-meeting-on-brexit-migration-2790<p>The future of migration policy, the current state of Brexit negotiations and the forthcoming Polish-German intergovernmental consultations were in the focus of a meeting of the Polish PM and the German Chancellor, the Polish government's spokesperson said.</p>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:18:00 +0200Snapper wows judges with his stunning pics in finals of prestigious global photography awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapper-wows-judges-with-his-stunning-pics-in-finals-of-prestigious-global-photography-awards-2785<p>A photograph by leading Polish architecture photographer Paweł Paniczko has been shortlisted in the prestigious international competition Architecture Photography Awards 2018.</p>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:37:00 +0200Poland for speeding up dialogue with Israelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-speeding-up-dialogue-with-israel-2783<p>Head of Poland's National Security Bureau (BBN) Pawel Soloch during his visit to Israel has discussed the situation in Europe and the Middle-East, trans-Atlantic relations and bilateral cooperation.</p>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 06:45:00 +0200Poland's GDP to grow by 4.7 pct in 2018 - World Bank reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-grow-by-47-pct-in-2018---world-bank-report-2782<p>Poland's GDP growth is expected to reach 4.7 percent in 2018, 3.9 percent in 2019 and 3.6 percent in 2020, the World Bank wrote in a Wednesday-published report raising its April respective estimates of 4.2, 3.7 and 3.5 percent.</p>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:17:00 +0200Our house, in the middle of… somewhere. Architects design ‘hidden’ househttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-house-in-the-middle-of-somewhere-architects-design-hidden-house-2777<p>Architecture is art. It can be bold, it can be daring, but above all its made to be seen.</p>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:15:00 +0200Frédéric Chopin, Europe’s first ‘jazzman’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/frederic-chopin-europes-first-jazzman-2775<p>Chopin may well be one of the greatest classical musicians of all time, but in Poland his music is remembered not only at numerous classical festivals but also through jazz.</p>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:06:00 +0200Poland's HICP inflation at 1.5 pct y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hicp-inflation-at-15-pct-yy-in-september---eurostat-2774<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) grew by 1.5 percent year on year in September 2018, up from a 1.4 percent growth in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:20:00 +0200Risky Business: Surviving and Thriving in 90s Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/risky-business-surviving-and-thriving-in-90s-poland-208<p>Andy Eddles' chance meeting on a farm led to a lifetime of love for Poland. His short holiday to the country has lasted 27 years. Along the way, Andy has seen every step of the country's transformation into a developed economy. Whether it's browsing through grenades and rifles in the early days, or building a 100+ person business, Andy's unique story is part of the wider story of foreigners who have made their home in Poland.</p>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:32:00 +0200Gas what! PGNiG signs landmark 20-year deal with US gas firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-what-pgnig-signs-landmark-20-year-deal-with-us-gas-firms-2773<p>PGNiG, Poland’s state-owned gas supplier, has signed two 20-year contracts with US firms for the supply of liquefied natural gas for domestic consumption and resale.</p>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:16:00 +0200Government launches new programme for Polish railwayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-launches-new-programme-for-polish-railways-2771<p>A new programme for the Polish railways entitled Railway Plus will supplement the local and regional railway infrastructure. It envisages the construction and rebuilding of local railway connections, the Ministry of Infrastructure has announced.</p>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:19:00 +0200Record breaker: Solo adventurer becomes first man in history to cross Gobi desert on foothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-breaker-solo-adventurer-becomes-first-man-in-history-to-cross-gobi-desert-on-foot-2768<p>A Polish adventurer has become the first man in the world to cross the Gobi desert on foot.</p>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:07:00 +0200Wish you were beer: Man builds ‘first of its kind’ Irish pub on his Warsaw roof to hang out with palshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-beer-man-builds-pub-on-his-rooftop-terrace-to-hang-out-with-pals-2759<p>Irishman Brian McCarthy has fulfilled a childhood dream by building a pub on the terrace of his Warsaw apartment.</p>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:04:00 +0200Forty years ago, Wanda Rutkiewicz became the first Polish woman to climb Everest. And then she disappeared in the Himalayashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-polish-woman-to-climb-everest-wanda-rutkiewicz-disappeared-in-the-himalayas-40-years-ago-today-2763<p>Exactly forty years ago today (October 16th), Polish alpinist Wanda Rutkiewicz summitted Mount Everest, becoming the third woman in the world and first Pole in history to do so.</p>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:03:00 +0200September's core inflation rate down to 0.8 percent - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/septembers-core-inflation-rate-down-to-08-percent---central-bank-2761<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 0.8 percent year on year in September 2018, down from 0.9 percent in August, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:57:00 +0200Poland to encourage companies to increase exports - Minister Emilewiczhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-encourage-companies-to-increase-exports---minister-emilewicz-2757<p>Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz on Tuesday envisaged steps aimed at encouraging Polish companies to expand their export-related activities.</p>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:51:00 +0200So far so Łódź: City of Łódź comes fourth in fDi Global Free Zones awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-far-so-lodz-city-of-lodz-comes-fourth-in-fdi-global-free-zones-awards-2755<p>The Łódź Special Economic Zone has taken fourth place in the fDi Global Free Zones of the Year Awards 2018, while at the same time it was also the winner of the European small and medium-sized enterprise category.</p>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:04:00 +0200It was 40 years ago today: Catholics around the world unite to remember the 40th anniversary of JPII being elected Popehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/it-was-40-years-ago-today-catholics-around-the-world-unite-to-remember-the-40th-anniversary-of-jpii-being-elected-pope-54<p>TFN takes a look back at the Polish Pope from Wadowice who helped change the world and bring about the fall of communism.</p>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:31:00 +0200Monument to Polish pilots planned in Normandyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monument-to-polish-pilots-planned-in-normandy-2751<p>A monument to Polish pilots fighting in the invasion of Normandy will be unveiled on June 9, 2019, in the French town of Plumetot, 75 years after the establishment of the WWII West Front, city mayor Jean-Pierre Tarlet told PAP.</p>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:40:00 +0200Drones take to the skies in frontline battle against air pollutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/drones-take-to-the-skies-in-frontline-battle-against-air-pollution-2730<p>Drones are being deployed across the skies of Poland to help fight air pollution.</p>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:26:00 +0200Polish president and pope discuss need for respect among countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-and-pope-discuss-need-for-respect-among-countries-2749<p>President Andrzej Duda said that during his meeting with Pope Francis, both parties discussed the need for the EU to return to mutual respect in relations between states, as well as respect for the cultural diversity that exists in the individual countries.</p>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:48:00 +0200September's inflation in Poland at 1.9 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/septembers-inflation-in-poland-at-19-pct-yy---stats-office-2748<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 1.9 percent year on year and by 0.2 percent month on month in September 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:38:00 +0200Poles who saved Jewish girl during WWII honoured by Yad Vashemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-who-saved-jewish-girl-during-wwii-honoured-by-yad-vashem-2744<p>The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre, Yad Vashem, has hosted a ceremony posthumously honouring three Poles who helped save the lives of a Jewish girl during WWII.</p>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:36:00 +0200Ace performance: Tennis duo Kubot and Melo slam their way to double victory in Shanghai Mastershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ace-performance-tennis-duo-kubot-and-melo-slam-their-way-to-double-victory-in-shanghai-masters-2735<p>Tennis aces Łukasz Kubot and doubles partner Marcelo Melo have slammed their way to victory in the ATP Shanghai Masters, picking up a double trophy for two epic wins.</p>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:16:00 +0200New film tells the astonishing true story of when apparition of Virgin Mary appeared on roof of Warsaw church and communist powers tried to erase ithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-film-tells-the-astonishing-true-story-of-when-apparition-of-virgin-mary-appeared-on-roof-of-warsaw-church-and-communist-powers-tried-to-erase-it-2726<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Miracle on Nowolipki began on October 7, 1959 when people living near the St. Augustin church in Warsaw’s Muranów district noticed a bright light emanating from the small globe that tops the church’s spire.</span></p>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:12:00 +0200Presidential couple arrives in Romehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-arrives-in-rome-2724<p>President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda arrived in Rome on Sunday. They are to be received by Pope Francis at his general audience, presidential top aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Sun, 14 Oct 2018 20:45:00 +0200Łódź you believe it: Poland’s most off-the-wall city stuns the world with its outsized arthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/woodge-you-believe-it-polands-most-off-the-wall-city-stuns-the-world-with-its-outsized-art-2720<p>A dramatic story of boom to bust, there can be few European towns to have endured quite the same economic catastrophe as the city of Łódź. Born from the Industrial Revolution, what was once the beating heart of the Russian Empire’s manufacturing industry wobbled through many of Poland’s subsequent 20th Century trials only to fall at the very final hurdle.</p>Sun, 14 Oct 2018 19:16:00 +0200Politicians pay homage to Sobibór uprising heroeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-commemorates-sobibor-uprising-heroes-2716<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and Deputy Prime Minister, Culture Minister Piotr Gliński commemorated the heroes of the uprising in the German Nazi death camp Sobibór in eastern Poland, on Sunday.</p>Sun, 14 Oct 2018 17:23:00 +0200Charities and NGOs get windfall as increasing numbers of taxpayers donate 1 percent of incomehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charities-and-ngos-get-windfall-as-increasing-numbers-of-taxpayers-donate-1-percent-of-income-2708<p>Poles transferred PLN 761 million to charities and public benefit organisations in 2017 through a 1-percent tax scheme offered by the state, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.</p>Sun, 14 Oct 2018 15:27:00 +0200Ink tank: Tattoo artists share their skills at international tattoo convention in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/ink-tank-tattoo-artist-share-their-skills-at-international-tattoo-convention-in-warsaw-51<p>Some of Europe’s leading tattoo artists descended on Warsaw from October 13-14 to show off their skills at the Warsaw Tattoo Convention.</p><p>As well as featuring leading artists, the convention handed out awards and held workshops for children and those considering trying their hand at transforming blank human skin into something else.</p>Sun, 14 Oct 2018 13:28:00 +0200Polish writer in the running for famous US literature prizehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-writer-in-the-running-for-famous-us-literature-prize-2706<p>A Polish author has been shortlisted for a famed US literary award just months after picking up top UK prize.</p>Sun, 14 Oct 2018 11:28:00 +0200Poles to star in new BBC epic war dramahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-to-star-in-new-bbc-epic-war-drama-2700<p>Two Polish actors will team up with Oscar winner Helen Hunt in a lavish new historical drama set in the first year of the war in Europe.</p>Sat, 13 Oct 2018 19:04:00 +0200Polish bus maker delivers first electric bus to Swedenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bus-maker-delivers-first-electric-bus-to-sweden-2703<p>Polish bus maker Solaris Bus &amp; Coach has delivered the first electric bus in its history to the Swedish port of Ystad. The vehicle operates between the terminal and ferry.</p>Sat, 13 Oct 2018 17:53:00 +0200Safe as houses: Poles feel safe and secure at homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/safe-as-houses-poles-feel-safe-and-secure-at-home-2702<p>For the vast majority of Poles one of the safest places on earth is Poland. Almost 93 percent of them find their local environment peaceful and secure, while 86 percent consider their country safe, according to the last CBOS / Social Opinion Research Centre survey.</p>Sat, 13 Oct 2018 17:32:00 +0200Poland comes out high in World Bank human index rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-comes-out-high-in-world-bank-human-index-ranking-2698<p>Poland ranked 30th out of 157 countries in the first ever Human Capital Index (HCI) ranking by the World Bank. The country had 0.75 points, just 0.13 behind league topping Singapore, which scored 0.88 out of a maximum of 1 point.</p>Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:47:00 +0200Large number of Poles taking part in local elections in Belgiumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-number-of-poles-taking-part-in-local-elections-in-belgium-2696<p>In Brussels, a dozen or so Poles are candidates in local elections that will take place on Sunday in Belgium. If they win seats, they want to work on behalf of a large group of nearly 150,000 Poles living in that country.</p>Sat, 13 Oct 2018 13:15:00 +0200S&P upgrades Poland to A-https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-upgrades-poland-to-a--2694<p>Ratings agency S&amp;P has upgraded Poland to A- giving the country a “stable” outlook, and adding that growth appears “balanced and strong”.</p>Sat, 13 Oct 2018 10:38:00 +0200From goody-two shoes to goody-1,000 shoes: Shoe company collects over 1,000 shoes to help the homeless in winterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-goody-two-shoes-to-goody-1000-shoes-shoe-company-collects-over-1000-shoes-to-help-the-homeless-in-winter-2691<p>Warsaw-based shoe care company, Wosh Wosh, has created a campaign to gather and re-make unwanted shoes to help protect the homeless from the cold. &nbsp;</p>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:16:00 +0200Kraków’s particle accelerator research centre opens its doors for businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakows-particle-accelerator-research-centre-opens-its-doors-for-business-2686<p>Poland has opened one of the most advanced particle accelerator research centres in the world for scientists to carry out experiments.</p>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 16:48:00 +0200Long-forgotten, centuries-old polychromes found under church floorboardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-centuries-old-polychromes-found-under-church-floorboards-2684<p>Polychromes have been discovered in a church in western Poland.</p>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:12:00 +0200Poland's industrial production up in August - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-august---eurostat-2682<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.0 percent year on year in August 2018, after growing by 7.8 percent in July, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:27:00 +0200Council of Europe urges Russia to return Smoleńsk wreckagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/council-of-europe-urges-russia-to-return-smolensk-wreckage-2680<p>The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg adopted a resolution on Friday urging Russia to return to Poland the wreckage of the presidential plane which crashed in Smolensk, western Russia, on April 10, 2010.</p>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 12:58:00 +0200A grand brand, is Poland: The country is one of the world’s top country brands, according to reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-grand-brand-is-poland-the-country-is-one-of-the-worlds-top-country-brands-according-to-report-2678<p>Poland is among the world’s top twenty-five country brands and first in Central and Eastern Europe, according to the latest ranking by Brand Finance, a London-based brand valuation and strategy consultancy.</p>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:47:00 +0200Credibility is PAP's main asset - PAP presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/credibility-is-paps-main-asset---pap-president-2675<p>Credibility has been and remains the Polish Press Agency's (PAP) main asset, Wojciech Surmacz, the agency's president, said on Thursday at a Warsaw gala marking its centenary. He also thanked the agency's employees for their contribution to PAP's success.</p>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:33:00 +0200S&P lowers Poland's deficit forecast in 2018 to 0.9 pct of GDPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-lowers-polands-deficit-forecast-in-2018-to-09-pct-of-gdp-2673<p>The S&amp;P Global Ratings agency has lowered its estimate of Poland's 2018 general government deficit to 0.9 percent of the country's GDP from 2.0 percent, the agency's report from Thursday shows.</p>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:15:00 +0200One of Europe’s oldest functioning cablecars returns to Polish handshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-2671<p>A cablecar in the Tatra mountains dating back to 1936 has been bought by the Polish Development Fund (PFR).</p>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:00:00 +0200Polish bus maker to deliver new buses to Luxembourghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bus-maker-to-deliver-new-buses-to-luxembourg-2669<p>Polish bus maker Solaris Bus &amp; Coach signed a contract for the purchase of five electric buses by Luxembourgian carrier Sales-Lentz. The buses are to be delivered next year.</p>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:15:00 +0200Poland’s first satellite, made using 3-D print technology, gets ready for launchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-first-satellite-made-using-3-d-print-technology-gets-ready-for-launch-2668<p>The first Polish-produced satellite is due to launch in less than 6 months.</p>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:06:00 +0200‘Poles helped end WWII’, codebreaker’s nephew tells TFNhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-helped-end-wwii-codebreakers-nephew-tells-tfn-2666<p>Dermot Turing admits that a family connection, in part, drew him to the subject of Polish mathematicians and the Enigma codes.</p>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:01:00 +0200Polish Telegraphic Agency the backbone of reborn Poland - dep Culture Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-telegraphic-agency-the-backbone-of-reborn-poland---dep-culture-min-2665<p>The Polish Telegraphic Agency (PAT), a precursor of the Polish Press Agency (PAP) was established in 1918 as the information backbone of the reborn Poland, Deputy Culture Minister Paweł Lewandowski said at PAP's centenary conference on Thursday.</p>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:17:00 +0200Govt. sets up Polish Aviation Group to strengthen its place in aviation markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-sets-up-polish-aviation-group-to-strengthen-its-place-in-aviation-market-2664<p>Poland has established a Polish Aviation Group to strengthen its position in the aviation market in Central Europe and beyond.</p>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:32:00 +0200Poznań hosts Central-East Europe's biggest computer game fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-hosts-central-east-europes-biggest-computer-game-fair-2663<p>From Friday Poznań in western Poland will host the Poznań Game Arena, Central-East Europe's biggest computer game fair featuring 220 exhibitors.</p>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:59:00 +0200First Polish commercial satellite to be launched in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-polish-commercial-satellite-to-be-launched-in-april-2661<p>Next April, the Światowid satellite will finish its testing phase. It will be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) from where it will be launched into orbit, the president of SatRevolution, Grzegorz Zwoliński, told PAP.</p>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:53:00 +0200‘Underestimated’ for most of his life, town turns out to celebrate artist on 50th anniversary of his deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/underestimated-for-most-of-his-life-town-turns-out-to-celebrate-artist-on-50th-anniversary-of-his-death-2658<p>A blue villa in the health resort of Krynica has been flooded with visitors following the opening of a new exhibition of the work of one of its most famous residents, the artisit Nikifor.</p>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:48:00 +0200Gdańsk unveils model of pre-war Great Synagoguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-unveils-model-of-pre-war-great-synagogue-2655<p>Gdańsk’s Great Synagogue which was destroyed by Hitler’s invading forces in 1939 has been painstakingly recreated as a bronze model.</p>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 16:11:00 +0200Pawsome!!! Man and his dog called Pussy win gold for THIRD time in thrilling bike sporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawsome-man-and-his-dog-called-pussy-win-gold-for-third-time-in-thrilling-bike-sport-2652<p>Champion dog musher and dog sled racer, Igor Tracz, has become international champion for the third time after winning gold with his dog, Pussy, in the unusual sport of bikejoring.</p>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:01:00 +0200Duda invokes Churchill in stirring ‘future of Europe’ speechhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-invokes-churchill-in-stirring-future-of-europe-speech-2649<p>President Andrzej Duda set out his vision for a Europe of free and equal states in a lecture at the University in Zurich in Switzerland.</p>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:40:00 +0200American Film Festival starts in Wrocławhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/american-film-festival-starts-in-wroclaw-on-oct-23-2647<p>Eighty-eight US films will be screened during the 9th American Film Festival starting in Poland's western city of Wrocław. Fifty-seven productions will be shown in Poland for the first time.</p>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:04:00 +0200Kraków doctors travel to Madagascar on medical aid missionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-doctors-travel-to-madagascar-on-medical-aid-mission-2645<p>Seven doctors from the southern Polish city of Kraków will leave for Madagascar on October 20, where they will help patients at a hospital in the second biggest city, Antsirabe. They will take with them PLN 17,000's worth (EUR 3,900) of medical equipment.</p>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 09:07:00 +0200President honours Polish consul for saving Jews during WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-honours-polish-consul-for-saving-jews-during-wwii-2643<p>The activity of consul Konstanty Rokicki, who during WWII issued false passports saving in this way hundreds of Jews from Nazi German occupied Poland "symbolises a brighter star in the abyss of despair of those years," President Andrzej Duda said in Switzerland on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 19:44:00 +0200Poland’s Muslim community is thriving with a vibrant cultural history covering 600 years of Tatar lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arriving-in-the-14th-century-from-central-asia-polands-muslim-community-is-now-thriving-with-a-vibrant-cultural-history-covering-600-years-of-tatar-life-2640<p>It all started when Dżenneta and Mirosław Bogdanowicz decided to open their home and invite tourists and travellers to stay there, while they were passing through the village of Kruszyniany in the east of Poland, just a few kilometres from the Belarusian border.</p>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 19:24:00 +0200Dwarf planet at the outer reaches of the solar system named after Polish goddess of wildernesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dwarf-planet-at-the-outer-reaches-of-the-solar-system-named-after-polish-goddess-of-wilderness-2637<p>Copernicus may have been Polish, as was the discoverer of the first planet outside the solar system, but until recently Polish names have been nowhere to be found in the skies with the best-known heavenly bodies given the names of Greek and Roman deities.</p>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:38:00 +0200The extraordinary story of the women who fought for Polish Independence told in moving outdoor exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-extraordinary-story-of-the-women-who-fought-for-polish-independence-told-in-moving-outdoor-exhibition-2635<p>The world knows the role male soldiers played in Poland's fight for independence 100 years ago.</p>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:45:00 +0200Facebook and PAP campaign offers tips on how to spot false newshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facebook-and-pap-campaign-offers-tips-on-how-to-spot-false-news-2634<p>Be sceptical of headlines, consider the photos, investigate the sources - these are some of the tips offered by Facebook and the Polish Press Agency, which started an educational campaign on Tuesday to help internet users recognise so-called "false news".</p>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:27:00 +0200Son of Polish circus act to star in new JK Rowling film: Meet Bart Soroczyńskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/son-of-polish-circus-act-to-star-in-new-jk-rowling-film-meet-bart-soroczynski-2626<p>Polish-born actor Bart Soroczyński is to star in the upcoming JK Rowling film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, alongside A-listers such as Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Alison Sudol, the film’s producers have revealed.</p>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:47:00 +0200IMF raises Poland's growth forecast to 4.4 pct in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imf-raises-polands-growth-forecast-to-44-pct-in-2018-2603<p>The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised Poland's 2018 economic growth forecast to 4.4 percent from 4.1 percent expected earlier, October's edition of the IMF's World Economic Outlook report shows.</p>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:29:00 +0200Polish archaeologists discover Neolithic settlement in Jordanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-discover-neolithic-settlement-in-jordan-2602<p>Archaeologists from Kraków's Jagiellonian University have discovered a settlement dating back to the Neolithic period in northern Jordan.</p>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:04:00 +0200Polish Economic Exhibition attracts visitors with interactive flairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economic-exhibition-attracts-visitors-with-interactive-flair-2598<p>An exhibition of business and entrepreneurialism has opened in Warsaw, with a focus on both the future and the past.</p>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 19:22:00 +0200Gold train castle to reveal hidden secrets by opening unseen Nazi-German tunnelshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gold-train-castle-to-reveal-hidden-secrets-by-opening-unseen-nazi-german-tunnels-2595<p>A fairy-tale castle at the heart of decades of mystery and intrigue is set to reveal more of its secrets when it opens up a series of hitherto unseen WWII tunnels beneath the grounds.</p>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:48:00 +0200Oxford becomes partner city of Wrocławhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oxford-becomes-partner-city-of-wroclaw-2593<p>Cooperation including in the fields of education, sport, culture and protection of historical sites is foreseen in a partnership agreement signed by Oxford and Wrocław (southwestern Poland).</p>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:49:00 +0200Rare remains of WWII Messerschmitt found buried on beachhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-remains-of-wwii-messerschmidt-found-buried-on-beach-2590<p>The wreck of a Messerschmitt 109 that was shot down over 70 years ago has been discovered on a beach on the Baltic coast.</p>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:05:00 +0200Shifting the posts: Warsaw's AKS Zły redefines the meaning of footballhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shifting-the-posts-football-club-aks-zly-redefine-the-meaning-of-football-2587<p>Across the planet, football clubs and their governing bodies are facing a backlash from supporters disenfranchised by the alarming commercialisation of the game that they love.</p>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:17:00 +0200Kraków hosts CYBERSEC European Cybersecurity Forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-hosts-cybersec-european-cybersecurity-forum-2586<p>The 4th CYBERSEC European Cybersecurity Forum, starting in Kraków, southern Poland, on Monday, will serve to draft recommendations for strengthening the European Union's and NATO's cybersecurity.</p>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 09:27:00 +0200Hundreds of Poles head to Everest in Independence Day celebrationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-poles-head-to-everest-in-independence-day-celebration-2584<p>Hundreds of Poles are heading to the Himalaya to celebrate the centenary of Polish independence and maybe break a Guinness world record at the same time.</p>Sun, 07 Oct 2018 17:13:00 +0200Living under the Kaiser: new exhibition shows Warsaw life under German WWI occupationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/living-under-the-kaiser-new-exhibition-shows-warsaw-life-under-german-wwi-occupation-2582<p>A new exhibition at the Museum of Warsaw tells the story of the city during the German occupation – not the one from the Second World War but the one imposed by Kaiser Wilhelm in 1915-18.</p>Sun, 07 Oct 2018 13:41:00 +0200Let’s stork together: teenager nurses injured storks back to healthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lets-stork-together-teenager-nurses-injured-storks-back-to-health-2580<p>A 19-year-old boy from eastern Poland has turned his back on traditional teenage pursuits to spend his time nursing injured storks back to health.</p>Sun, 07 Oct 2018 12:41:00 +0200Take a chance on me: Polish student crowned king of the tipstershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-a-chance-on-me-polish-student-crowned-king-of-the-tipsters-2578<p>A student from Bydgoszcz has been awarded the title of the world’s top sport tipster after make the correct calls on thousands of sporting events.</p>Sun, 07 Oct 2018 11:25:00 +0200The magic of the silver screen brings New York’s Met opera to Polish towns large and smallhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-magic-of-the-silver-screen-brings-new-yorks-met-opera-to-polish-towns-large-and-small-2576<p>Polish opera lovers will have the chance to see the world famous Metropolitan Opera from New York live in a series of screening shown at local cinemas.</p>Sat, 06 Oct 2018 16:27:00 +0200Un-bear-lievable! Wojtek the 'soldier bear' gets his own tartanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hoots-mon-wojtek-the-bear-gets-his-own-tartan-2574<p>Wojtek the bear, who became a mascot of Poland’s army in exile during the war, is to have his own tartan after a school in Edinburgh commissioned an official “Wojtek tartan” to be used as part of the school’s uniform.</p>Sat, 06 Oct 2018 14:51:00 +0200The past and the presenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-past-and-the-present-206<p>In an in-depth interview TFN's Patrick Ney talks with Wojciech Kozłowski, director of the Pilecki Institute, about Poland's complicated and painful past and its influence on the present.</p>Sat, 06 Oct 2018 12:42:00 +0200Chief task is to attract new investors - Polish bank officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chief-task-is-to-attract-new-investors---polish-bank-official-2572<p>Jakub Papierski, vice-president of PKO Bank Polski (PKO BP) board, said in New York that the main goal facing his bank, after Poland had been reclassified by the FTSE Russell agency to "developed market", is to gain new investors.</p>Sat, 06 Oct 2018 11:58:00 +0200The High Life: Embrace Off-Grid Living Somewhere Totally Tree-Mendoushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-high-life-embrace-off-grid-living-somewhere-totally-tree-mendous-2569<p>Few things better capture the magic of childhood than the image of a treehouse. But more than just providing warm memories in which to soak, the treehouse’s appeal doesn’t diminish with the passage of time. We love them, no matter how old we grow. Inspiring wonder whilst offering an enchanting escape into make-believe worlds, their powerful allure has an enduring charm that’s almost utterly unique.</p>Sat, 06 Oct 2018 11:26:00 +0200True life story of SS beast General Otto Wächter becomes major BBC podcast hithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/true-life-story-of-ss-beast-general-otto-waechter-becomes-major-bbc-podcast-hit-2567<p>In the closing stages of World War II, SS General Otto Wächter went into hiding.</p>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:44:00 +0200Close to 60,000 city bikes in Poland by 2025 - bike-sharing companyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/close-to-60000-city-bikes-in-poland-by-2025---bike-sharing-company-2566<p>Nextbike Polska, a company that develops and operates public bike-sharing systems, wants to focus on the Polish market, which it estimates will have 50,000 to 60,000 city bikes, as compared to the almost 26,000 in use today, said the company's representatives.</p>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:12:00 +0200Read all about it: Govt. to cut VAT on e-bookshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/read-all-about-it-govt-to-cut-vat-on-e-books-2564<p>Poland plans to slash VAT on e-books, adapting its regulations to today’s increasingly digitised reality and supporting reading.</p>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 17:39:00 +0200Polish PM tells CNN that Poland is very much pro-Europeanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-tells-cnn-that-poland-is-very-much-pro-european-2563<p>"Poland is very much pro-European, but a little bit Brussels-sceptic", Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with the CNN news channel on Thursday during a trip to the US.</p>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 16:55:00 +0200Oldest bones ever found in Poland dating back 115,000 years belonged to Neanderthal child whose fingers were ‘chewed by a giant bird’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oldest-bones-ever-found-in-poland-and-dating-back-115000-years-belonged-to-neanderthal-child-whose-fingers-were-chewed-by-a-giant-bird-2561<p>Archaeologists have discovered the oldest hominid remains ever found in Poland.</p>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 14:40:00 +0200More tourists taking advantage of overnight accomodation in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-tourists-taking-advantage-of-overnight-accomodation-in-poland-2558<p>The number of foreign tourists who stayed overnight in Poland during the first half of 2018 increased by 6.3 pct to 15.1 mln from 14.2 mln a year earlier, according to Central Statistical Office (GUS) data released on Friday.</p>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 13:46:00 +0200Chopin Airport serviced 5.7 mln passengers between July and Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-airport-serviced-57-mln-passengers-between-july-and-september-2555<p>Warsaw's Chopin Airport serviced around 5.7 mln passengers from July until the end of September this year, the airport reported on Thursday.</p>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 11:20:00 +0200Clean streets, craft beer, deckchairs and pierogi: Brit vloggers go viral with their 'falling in love with Poland' vidshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clean-streets-craft-beer-deckchairs-and-pierogi-brit-vloggers-go-viral-with-their-falling-in-love-with-poland-vids-2552<p>A British travel-vlogging couple have scored a viral hit with a YouTube video in which they dispel common myths about Poland and reveal some of its less obvious advantages.</p>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 10:39:00 +0200Poland has plenty of room for foreign investment - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-a-country-of-huge-hope---pm-in-usa-2550<p>There is plenty of room in Poland for foreign investment, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated in a speech given at the opening of the event: 'Poland The Can-Do Nation;' a conference showcasing the country at the Harvard Club of New York City on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:28:00 +0200Delegates descend on mountain retreat for annual Tatra Summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delegates-descend-on-mountain-retreat-for-annual-tatra-summit-2545<p>Policy-makers and economists gather in the Tatra Mountains this weekend to discuss what’s next for Central Europe economically.</p>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:04:00 +0200PM talks to US ambassador about Nord Stream 2, defence and businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-talks-to-us-ambassador-about-nord-stream-2-defence-and-business-2548<p>Talks with US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher touched on many subjects, including the threat to CEE of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, defence, and business contacts between the two countries, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in New York on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 18:32:00 +0200PM in US to drum up businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-in-us-to-drum-up-business-2543<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki is in the US today to help find new business partners and investor opportunities for Poland.</p>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 16:33:00 +0200‘Dark, dystopian’ spy thriller from Agnieszka Holland becomes first Polish series on Netflixhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dark-dystopian-spy-thriller-from-agnieszka-holland-becomes-first-polish-series-on-netflix-2539<p>A gripping new political thriller from director Agnieszka Holland is set to be released on Netflix.</p>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:36:00 +0200Poland has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe but is struggling to find labourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-one-of-the-lowest-unemployment-rates-in-europe-but-is-struggling-to-find-labour-2537<p>For Artur Sawastian these are hectic days. The phones at his company, he says, ring constantly every day as clients desperate to find people to work for them call in in the hope that some workers are available.</p>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:01:00 +0200The oldest human remains in Poland discoveredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-oldest-human-remains-in-poland-discovered-2535<p>The oldest human remains in Poland are over 100,000 years old. They are bones from a hand belonging to a young Neanderthal child, which were digested by a large bird. The remains were found in Jaskinia Ciemna (cave), in southern Poland.</p>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 11:07:00 +0200Lithuania's city of Kaunas to purchase trolleybuses from Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanias-city-of-kaunas-to-purchase-trolleybuses-from-poland-2533<p>The Kaunas trolleybus depot is to purchase 85 trolleybuses from Polish company Solaris in a deal worth EUR 29.4 mln.</p>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 09:01:00 +0200Giant bell the size of a giraffe and weighing the same as 10 African elephants sold to Brazilian churchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/giant-bell-the-size-of-a-giraffe-and-weighing-the-same-as-10-african-elephants-sold-to-brazilian-church-2531<p>A colossal bell built by over 100 Polish people has been bought by a church in Brazil.</p>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:25:00 +0200National consumption and gas imports rising - gas monopolisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-consumption-and-gas-imports-rising---gas-monopolist-2530<p>From the start of January to the end of August 2018, Polish gas monopolist PGNiG imported nearly 64 percent more LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and about 7 percent more gas from Russia, than during the same period last year, the company announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 16:44:00 +0200Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-2529<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:52:00 +0200Poland boosts defence spending and arms exports amid growing tension to NATO’s easthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-boosts-defence-spending-and-arms-exports-amid-growing-tension-to-natos-east-2525<p>As it modernises its own army, Poland is selling more armaments to other countries. Exports rose by almost one-quarter last year, according to a report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</p>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:06:00 +0200Dilapidated old factory transformed into stunning new schoolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/dilapidated-old-factory-transformed-into-stunning-new-school-48<p>Investment from the KOM foundation and the creative initiative from major-league Polish architects have transformed a decrepit factory in the small town of Milicz into a school with an innovative twist.</p><p>Designed by PORT architects in cooperation with Katarzyna Świętek and with a little help from the school kids, the primary school not only has a beautiful aesthetic space, but also creates an environment that is conducive to learning.&nbsp;</p><p>There is a big focus on balancing silence and noise with children being encouraged to mix academic learning with social interaction.&nbsp;</p><p>Architects even invited pupils to send in sketches of what they wanted their school to look like and merged the ideas with their design.&nbsp;</p><p>An unconventional move in Poland’s traditionalist approach to education, the project aims to fuse interesting design in such a way that would elevate students’ learning.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:09:00 +0200Polish pianist to play concert in New York’s Carnegie Hallhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pianist-to-play-concert-in-new-yorks-carnegie-hall-2521<p>The performance of Polish pianist Kuba Stankiewicz and his trio will take place at Carnegie Hall in New York on October 4. The musicians will play music by composers with Polish roots, including Victor Young, Bronisław Kaper and Henryk Wars.</p>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 12:43:00 +0200Meet Jennifer Croft, the translator who shot to fame after winning this year’s Man Booker International Prizehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meet-jennifer-croft-the-translator-who-shot-to-fame-after-winning-this-years-man-booker-international-prize-2519<p>In May this year, the female duo of author Olga Tokarczuk and translator Jennifer Croft were named as the winners of the Man Booker International Prize for Flights, a book described by the New York Times as a &nbsp;"philosophical rumination on modern-day travel."</p><p>After studying Russian literature, Jennifer Croft began an MFA in literary translation and Polish, winning a Fulbright grant to study in both Warsaw and Kraków. It was during this period that she first encountered Olga Tokarczuk’s writings.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 11:54:00 +0200New report considers future of Poland and its Visegrad partnershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-report-considers-future-of-poland-and-its-visegrad-partners-2517<p>Where will Central Europe be in 2025? This is the broad question considered by “Central European Futures”, a new report published by Visegrad Insight and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which considers what’s next for Poland and its partners in the Visegrad Group.</p>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 18:52:00 +0200Polish women among the most entrepreneurial in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-women-among-the-most-entrepreneurial-in-eu-2514<p>Poland is leading the way with the number of women who hold managerial jobs in the EU, second only to Latvia.</p>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 18:24:00 +0200October 2, 1944. Location: The Warsaw Uprising Moundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/october-2-1944-location-the-warsaw-uprising-mound-205<p>The final day of the Warsaw Uprising and as the leader of the Polish AK gives the order to lay down arms, Hitler’s troops beginning razing the city to the ground street by street.</p>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 17:18:00 +0200US rapper uses performance art to teach teens about wartime Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-rapper-uses-performance-art-to-teach-teens-about-wartime-warsaw-2510<p>A group of teenagers from across Europe have put on an unforgettable performance of song, dance and drama in an attempt to make sense of the tragedies inflicted on Warsaw and its people during the Second World War.</p>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:50:00 +0200Admiral Unrug's Polish burial fulfils patriotic dream - PM Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/admiral-unrugs-polish-burial-fulfils-patriotic-dream---pm-morawiecki-2508<p>The return to the homeland of Polish Fleet Admiral Józef Unrug fulfils the will of Polish patriots who fought for a free Poland, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in a letter read out at Unrug's state funeral in the coastal city of Gdynia on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:07:00 +0200Alternative foodie guide shows best places in Warsaw to find wild plants for making coffee, soup and popcornhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/alternative-foodie-guide-shows-best-places-in-warsaw-to-find-wild-plants-for-making-coffee-soup-and-popcorn-2505<p>A new book showing where to find wild, edible plants in Warsaw for making homemade soup, jams, crisps and even coffee has been launched today.</p>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 12:41:00 +0200Poland's unemployment rate at 3.4 percent in August - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-34-percent-in-august---eurostat-2503<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.4 percent in August 2018 from 3.5 percent in July, Eurostat announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 19:31:00 +0200Unstoppable Piątek equals Italian league goal-scoring recordhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unstoppable-piatek-equals-italian-league-goal-scoring-record-2500<p>Polish football player Krzysztof Piątek has equalled a 59-year-old record by scoring eight goals in just six games of his debut season in the Italian Seria A top division.</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 17:50:00 +0200Street in Lithuanian city named after Polish female alpinisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/street-in-lithuanian-city-named-after-polish-female-alpinist-2498<p>One of the streets in the northwestern Lithuanian city Plunge has been named after the Polish climber Wanda Rutkiewicz. The third woman in history to have conquered Mount Everest was born there on February 4, 1943.</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 17:18:00 +0200October 1, 1944. Location: Warsaw City Centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/october-1-1944-location-warsaw-city-centre-197<p>The Home Army commander, General Bór-Komorowski, realises the city can no longer be defended and tells the government in exile of his intention to surrender.</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 16:18:00 +0200Making a splash: 1,500 square metres of wall get mural makeoverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/making-a-splash-1500-square-metres-of-wall-get-mural-makeover-2496<p>Known throughout Poland as the location of Jasna Góra, the famous shrine to the Virgin Mary and a place of pilgrimage for the faithful, the city of Częstochowa has rolled out another attraction in the form of one of Poland’s biggest murals.</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:57:00 +0200“I Love Poland” programme launchedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-love-poland-programme-launched-2495<p>The “I Love Poland” programme, designed to promote Poland worldwide, was launched in Szczecin (north-west Poland) on Saturday. As part of the program, a yacht, “I Love Poland”, was bought by the Polish National Foundation to take part in prestigious regattas.</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:18:00 +0200Great core of China: Polish apples move in on the Chinese markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-core-of-china-polish-apples-move-in-on-the-chinese-market-2493<p>From Idared to Ligol, via Jonagold, Cortland and other varieties, Poland’s apple season is in full swing again.</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:24:00 +0200White, red and gold: Poland defends volleyball world champions’ titlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/red-white-and-gold-poland-defends-volleyball-world-champions-title-2489<p>An emotional night in Turin saw Poland notch up a comfortable victory over Brazil to win Men’s Volleyball World Championship for the second time in a row. The success, which to many seemed impossible just a few months ago, came from a rebuilt team under coach Vital Henyen.</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 11:10:00 +0200Test zajawka statushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/test-zajawka-status-2488<p>test</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 10:46:00 +0200PM says government wants “inclusive growth”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-government-wants-inclusive-growth-2486<p>The Polish prime minister has made a bullish assessment of the country’s prospects under his government saying “that helping the least fortunate isn’t incompatible with growth.”</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 10:45:00 +0200President, PM congratulate Poland men's volleyball team on victoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-congratulate-poland-mens-volleyball-team-on-victory-2484<p>President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki congratulated the Polish men's volleyball team on their victory in the Men's World Volleyball Championship in Turin on Sunday.</p>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 10:01:00 +0200Thousands march to remember victims of Pruszków wartime transit camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-march-to-remember-victims-of-pruszkow-wartime-transit-camp-2476<p>Thousands of people gathered in the Mazowsze town of Pruszków on Sunday to march in an act of remembrance to the site of a former camp that during the Warsaw Uprising was used to process the Polish capital’s expelled population.</p>Sun, 30 Sep 2018 19:34:00 +0200Music festival brings theme of emigration to Warsaw audienceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/music-festival-brings-theme-of-emigration-to-warsaw-audiences-2481<p>La Folle Journée (crazy music days) music festival hit Warsaw last weekend, giving people the chance to see up to 55 concerts and 1,000 artists.</p>Sun, 30 Sep 2018 17:26:00 +0200September 30, 1944. Location: Żoliborz Districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-30-1944-location-zoliborz-district-195<p>After days of fighting Hitler decides to honour the commanders of German forces in Warsaw despite the crimes against humanity. Meanwhile the Żoliborz district surrenders.</p>Sun, 30 Sep 2018 16:57:00 +0200Lets’ talk about sex: Polish supermodel brings out book on sex to get Poles talking about “demonised” subjecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lets-talk-about-sex-polish-supermodel-brings-out-book-on-sex-to-get-poles-talking-about-demonised-subject-2478<p>Supermodel and social activist Anja Rubik has written a book on sex aimed at teenagers in an effort to shake up, and stimulate, debate on the subject in her native Poland.</p>Sun, 30 Sep 2018 16:15:00 +0200Krzyżtopór: The Greatest Castle You’ve Never Heard Ofhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krzyztopor-the-greatest-castle-youve-never-heard-of-2473<p>From afar, it looks truly monumental. The kind of castle in which you expect to find a damsel up a turret and a dragon in the cellar. In fact, such is the fantastical impression it casts, you wouldn’t bat an eyelid if the Gryffindor Quidditch team swooped down following an afternoon of aerial manoeuvres.</p>Sun, 30 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0200Science night: Kraków labs throw open their doors to the science loving publichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/science-night-krakow-labs-throw-open-their-doors-to-the-science-loving-public-2468<p>Thousands of science enthusiasts got the chance to delve into just about any scientific subject under the sun when universities, museums and scientific institutions in the Małopolska region opened their doors to the public on Friday night.</p>Sat, 29 Sep 2018 19:05:00 +0200September 29, 1944. Location: Warsaw Riversidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-29-1944-location-warsaw-riverside-193<p>With the enemy closing in Home Army commanders tell the Red Army that unless they get support from the Soviets the Germans will crush the Uprising.</p>Sat, 29 Sep 2018 16:47:00 +0200Shopfront makeovers win international award for Polish NGOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shopfront-makeovers-win-international-award-for-polish-ngo-2471<p>Traffic Design, an NGO from Gdynia that works to improve aesthetics in public space, has received a distinction in the prestigious Innovation By Design Awards 2018 organised by US design magazine Fast Company.</p>Sat, 29 Sep 2018 16:27:00 +0200Going for glory: the history of Poland’s quest for Oscar famehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-for-glory-the-history-of-polands-quest-for-oscar-fame-2462<p>At the beginning of this week Paweł Pawlikowski’s film Cold War was entered into the race for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is the latest in a long line of Polish productions to go for Oscar glory that has also encompassed some of the most famous names in Polish cinema.</p>Sat, 29 Sep 2018 15:10:00 +0200Toy story: how Polish toys went from small-town Silesia to a princess’s bedroom in a London palacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toy-story-how-polish-toys-went-from-small-town-silesia-to-a-princesss-bedroom-in-a-london-palace-2460<p>The toys have found their way into the bedrooms of the British royal family and galleries in the United States, and are even coveted by physiotherapists. Not bad for products that have their origins in an accident rather than an elaborate business plan.</p>Sat, 29 Sep 2018 11:49:00 +0200Polish design conquers Austrian capitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-design-conquers-austrian-capital-2454<p>The 12th annual Vienna Design Week kicks off today, playing host to Poland as its guest country.</p>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 20:45:00 +0200Poland one step closer to world championship semis after beating Serbia 3-0https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-one-step-closer-to-volleyball-semis-after-beating-serbia-3-0-2452<p>Poland has taken one step closer to the semifinals of the volleyball World Championships after beating Serbia for the second time in a row.</p>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 17:05:00 +0200September 28, 1944. Location: Warsaw City Centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-28-1944-location-warsaw-city-centre-201<p>Starving, desperately short of supplies and with no bandages or medicine to care for the injured and dying: Day 59 of the Warsaw Uprising sees the Germans tighten their grip on the insurgents and the city’s civilians.</p>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 16:40:00 +0200All that jazz: Polish jazz classics reworked in tribute to music legendhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-that-jazz-polish-jazz-classics-reworked-in-tribute-to-music-legend-2450<p>Half a century after Polish jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda recorded a ground-breaking fusion of jazz and poetry one of his old band mates is giving the work a new lease of life.</p>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 15:57:00 +0200Duda meets Netanyahu in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-meets-netanyahu-in-new-york-2449<p>President Andrzej Duda met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.</p>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 14:28:00 +0200Polish and US scientists win Polish-American science awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-us-scientists-win-polish-american-science-award-2447<p>Polish scientist Jacek Oleksyn and American Peter Reich have been chosen for the 2018 Poland – U.S. Science Award (PLUS Award) for their scientific achievements in the areas of environmental and plant sciences.</p>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:31:00 +0200Record-breaker: Painting goes for staggering 1mln in first ever auction devoted to female artistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-breaker-painting-goes-for-staggering-1mln-in-first-ever-auction-devoted-to-female-artists-2444<p>A painting by artist Maria Jarema has been sold at auction for a record-breaking 1,003,000 PLN, making it the most expensive work by a female Polish artist ever to be sold in Poland.</p>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 11:24:00 +0200Ninth 'Night at the Institute of Aviation' to be held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ninth-night-at-the-institute-of-aviation-to-be-held-in-warsaw-2442<p>More than 130 attractions are planned for the 9th 'Night at the Institute of Aviation,' which will take place in Warsaw on October 12.</p>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 09:32:00 +0200September 27, 1944. Location: Dworkowa Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-27-1944-location-dworkowa-street-191<p>The Germans have begun sending civilians to work camps. Those who refuse to leave are killed in house-to-house searches.</p>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 21:23:00 +0200Stunning family snaps turn photographer into internet sensationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-family-snaps-turn-photographer-into-internet-sensation-2436<p>In the hazy light of autumn, as early morning mist rises over a golden lake, a silhouetted woman leans forward to beckon her dog out of the water.</p>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 19:50:00 +0200Swiss you were here? Swiss companies are pouring money into Poland - and now there’s anotherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swiss-you-were-here-swiss-companies-are-pouring-money-into-poland---and-now-theres-another-2434<p>Swiss giant Sulzer Mixpac AG has opened a new branch in Poland.</p>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 16:34:00 +0200Prosperity booming but challenges ahead, says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prosperity-booming-but-challenges-ahead-says-new-report-2431<p>Three decades after the collapse of communism, Poland is thriving economically, with low unemployment and rising wages.</p>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:20:00 +0200Poland more resistant to trade tensions than regional peers - Moody'shttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-more-resistant-to-trade-tensions-than-regional-peers---moodys-2430<p>Poland is more resistant to the outcomes of global trade tensions as compared to other Central and Eastern European countries, Moody's lead analyst for Poland Heiko Peters has told PAP.</p>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:41:00 +0200Wheelie good: City opens ‘motorway’ for CYCLISTShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wheelie-good-city-opens-motorway-for-cyclists-2427<p>A motorway for cyclists is set to open this weekend in the Silesian city of Jaworzno.</p>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:54:00 +0200Poland extends cooperation with the International Red Crosshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-cooperation-with-the-international-red-cross-2425<p>Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, signed a memorandum of cooperation in New York on Wednesday, which provides for an increase in financial aid, and other aid, to the ICRC.</p>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:27:00 +020034th Warsaw Film Festival starts October 12https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/34th-warsaw-film-festival-starts-october-12-2423<p>This year's 34th Warsaw Film Festival will feature 190 films (short, medium and full-length) and take place on October 12-21. The organisers have planned dozens of world, European and Polish premieres.</p>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 09:40:00 +0200Alpinist on course to becoming first blind man to climb Europe’s 47 highest mountainshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blind-alpinist-on-course-to-becoming-first-partially-sighted-man-to-climb-europes-47-highest-mountains-2418<p>A blind mountain-climber is set to become the first partially-sighted man to complete the Crown of Europe challenge – summiting the 47 highest mountains on the Old Continent.</p>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 18:21:00 +0200September 26, 1944. Location: Czeczota 17 Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-26-1944-location-czeczota-17-street-189<p>German troops attack hospitals, setting them on fire and killing all the patients and 98 AK soldiers are gunned down after emerging from the sewers. The Germans then turn their attention to the northern district of Żoliborz.</p>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 16:02:00 +0200Bright sparks meet to chew the cud at European Forum of New Ideashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bright-sparks-meet-to-chew-the-cud-at-european-forum-of-new-ideas-2416<p>Policy-makers, business leaders and economists gather this week in Sopot, on Poland’s Baltic coast, for the annual European Forum of New Ideas.</p>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:54:00 +0200Polish minister Naimski presents Baltic pipeline project in Washingtonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-minister-naimski-presents-baltic-pipeline-project-in-washington-2415<p>Polish government's official Piotr Naimski, during Tuesday's speech at the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, highlighted the importance of the planned Baltic Pipe gas pipeline for the energy needs of Poland and the Baltic Sea region countries.</p>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:37:00 +0200Microsoft teams up with convenience store chain Żabka to launch ‘stores of the future’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/microsoft-teams-up-with-convenience-store-chain-zabka-to-launch-stores-of-the-future-2411<p>Convenience store chain Żabka is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month by unveiling a new concept “store of the future” in cooperation with Microsoft.</p>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:21:00 +0200Poland’s WWII ‘soldier bear’ to be subject of new film from the creator of The Snowmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wwii-soldier-bear-to-be-subject-of-new-film-from-the-creator-of-the-snowman-2407<p>A celebrated team of British animators is working on a 30-minute, hand-drawn film on A Bear Named Wojtek, celebrating a Syrian brown that accompanied Polish soldiers on World War II battlefields across three continents.</p>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:47:00 +0200Poland's start ups to receive training in Israelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-start-ups-to-receive-training-in-israel-2403<p>The start-ups from the Visegrad Group (V4) countries, including Poland, will be able to take part in a training programme in Israel dedicated to innovations, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology said in a statement on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 20:19:00 +0200Cold War going for a gong at the Oscarshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-going-for-gong-at-the-oscars-2400<p>The film Cold War by Paweł Pawlikowski has been chosen as Poland’s entry for the 2019 Oscars. &nbsp;</p>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:05:00 +0200September 25, 1944. Location: Mokotów Districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-25-1944-location-mokotow-district-187<p>As the district of Mokotów threatens to fall into German hands, Polish defenders plan their escape through the sewers.</p>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:41:00 +0200ArcelorMittal plans EUR 27.9 mln modernisation of former Huty Cedlerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arcelormittal-plans-eur-279-mln-modernisation-of-former-huty-cedler-2396<p>Steel firm ArcelorMittal Poland is to modernise the wire rod rolling mill at its Sosnowiec (southern Poland) plant, formerly the Huta Cedler steel mill. The investment will increase production capacity by around 100,000 tonnes a year and raise quality.</p>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:28:00 +0200First Jewish food festival opens in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-jewish-food-festival-opens-in-warsaw-2394<p>Warsaw’s first Jewish Food Festival takes off tomorrow with dozens of restaurants and bars across the capital serving traditional Jewish food.</p>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:16:00 +0200Classic car of the swinging 60s makes a comeback - and this time it’s electrichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/classic-car-of-the-swinging-60s-makes-a-comeback---and-this-time-its-electric-2391<p>A legendary car of post-war Poland is being reborn as a super-modern electric vehicle.</p>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:01:00 +0200'Cold War' Poland's candidate for Oscarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-polands-candidate-for-oscar-2390<p>Paweł Pawlikowski's film 'Cold War' has been put forward by the Polish Oscar Committee in the category of best foreign-language film.</p>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:22:00 +0200Beauty in the beast: Photographer’s pics of Radom become showcase for new iPhone campaignhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beauty-in-the-beast-photographers-pics-of-radom-become-showcase-for-new-iphone-campaign-2388<p>Communist-era housing blocks do not fit most people’s idea of beauty and the rundown, industrial city of Radom is not an obvious place to take trendy Instagram photos.</p>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:48:00 +0200September 24, 1944. Location: Mokotów Districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-24-1944-location-mokotow-district-185<p>The district of Mokotów becomes the centre of the battle with German tanks and troops attacking from the west.</p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:49:00 +0200From home to home: After 18 years man leaves Wales to walk 1,931km back to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-home-to-home-after-18-years-man-leaves-wales-to-walk-1931km-back-to-poland-2383<p>For the past 18 years Polish photographer Michał Iwanowski has called Cardiff in Wales home.</p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:58:00 +0200Passenger-aircraft maintenance centre to be built in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/passenger-aircraft-maintenance-centre-to-be-built-in-southern-poland-2382<p>A service centre for wide-body passenger aircraft, including Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 777s and Airbus A350s, will be built at Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport, southern Poland. It is expected to be the largest facility of its type in Central and Eastern Europe.</p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:51:00 +0200Banking sentiment indicator up in Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-in-september-2380<p>Poland's banking sentiment indicator (Pengab) grew by 0.1 point month on month in September 2018 to 26.6 points, according to the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) and the Kantar TNS market research centre.</p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:29:00 +0200Stunning U-turn victory over Serbia keeps Poland’s World Cup hopes alighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-u-turn-victory-over-serbia-keeps-polands-world-cup-hopes-alight-2378<p>Poland demolished Serbia 3-0 on Sunday, keeping their world cup hopes alight.</p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:21:00 +0200Foreigners spend more y/y in Poland in H1- stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreigners-spend-more-yy-in-poland-in-h1--stats-office-2376<p>Foreigners in Poland spent about PLN 21.1 billion (EUR 4.92 billion) in the first half of this year, a 3.9 percent rise year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) informed on Monday.</p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:57:00 +0200Living it up in Rio de Świebodzineirohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/living-it-up-in-rio-de-swiebodzineiro-2373<p>As views go, it’s not bad at all. From my hotel terrace, cold beer in hand, acres of greenery roll out in front; and above, exquisite cobalt skies are punctured by the drifting form of cotton ball clouds. It’s a compelling scene, one lent added drama by the rising form of the planet’s tallest Jesus.</p>Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:36:00 +0200Pawlikowski's Cold War wins Golden Lions in Gdyniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawlikowskis-cold-war-wins-golden-lions-in-gdynia-2371<p>Polish-British director Paweł Pawlikowski's Cold War (Zimna Wojna) won the Golden Lions award for Best Film at the 43rd Film Festival which ended in Gdynia (northern Poland) on Saturday.</p>Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:07:00 +0200September 23, 1944. Location: Czerniaków Districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-23-1944-location-czerniakow-district-183<p>The Soviets begin a disinformation campaign that makes it hard for the Western allies to provide aid to the beleaguered Polish fighters.</p>Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:02:00 +0200Jerzy Maksymiuk: Poland’s superstar conductorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jerzy-maksymiuk-polands-superstar-conductor-2368<p>It is a beautiful, warm and sunny morning in Warsaw’s attractive Żoliborz district, but in his apartment Jerzy Maksymiuk is already at work.</p>Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:56:00 +0200Honey, I shrunk the world: miniature park pulls in the crowds down southhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/honey-i-shrunk-the-world-miniature-park-pulls-in-the-crowds-down-south-2366<p>A park offering people the chance to stroll around miniature versions of world famous landmarks and get to grips with dinosaurs has become a tourist hit in the Kraków region.</p>Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:08:00 +0200Bouncing back: Poland earmarks millions to revive the country’s flagging football fortuneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bouncing-back-poland-earmarks-millions-to-revive-the-countrys-flagging-football-fortunes-2364<p>Poland's disastrous showing at the World Cup this summer and the following dismal performances by club teams in various European competitions has prompted even the prime minister to get involved in the hunt for improvement.</p>Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:03:00 +0200Poczta Polska calls time on the telegram. Stop.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poczta-polska-calls-time-on-the-telegram-stop-2362<p>It may have made the world smaller and revolutionised global communications but anybody wanting to send a telegram in Poland now has only a few days left to send one. Poczta Polska, the national post office, has called time on its public telegram service and will consign it to history at the end of the month.</p>Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:05:00 +0200Urban jungle: With their trees, flowers and greenery, allotments could be the perfect city breakhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/urban-jungle-with-their-trees-flowers-and-greenery-allotments-can-make-be-the-perfect-city-break-44<p>Entering through the gates of a garden community in Mokotów, the Defenders of Peace Family Allotment Garden, which is open to the public, instantly removes people from the bustle of the metropolis. Walk through the alleys shaded by trees and perfectly trimmed hedges, on each side there are little plots of land with small structures, a gazebo or a shed, each of them with their own design reflecting the owners taste. It is almost a botanical garden, with a never ending variety of greenery.&nbsp;</p><p>Rows after rows of colourful flowers, fruit trees and bushes are interlaced with swings, hammocks and playgrounds in an idyllic setting.</p><p>Mrs. Grażyna, 82, has had her garden for over 30 years. “When the weather is nice I try to come here every day. I get some exercise and I’m needed by the garden. An old person who is not needed by anyone, is worthless. This is very bad for the mental state,” she says.</p><p>“I have very nice neighbours and a social life here,” she continues. “In the spring it is very beautiful, because the whole garden is filled with tulips. I should start planting them now, but I need to wait for the first cold days”, Mrs. Grażyna reflects, looking at her lovely garden, full of grapes, apples and quince.</p><p>The first allotment gardens were established in Grudziądz, in the north of Poland in 1897. They role was to provide active rest and relaxation for all types of workers, as well as act as the “green lungs” of the cities.&nbsp;</p><p>After the Second World War, the communist authorities included them in the urban plans as a space for workers and inhabitants of the apartment blocks. In 2018, there are 170 gardens with over 30,000 individual allotments in Warsaw, covering an estimated 1,200 hectares.</p><p>The tradition of planting vegetables in the little gardens seems to be less and less popular, though the more eco-minded still do it. For most it is not worth the work, as the products are easily available and cheap. Yet the gardens remain an important place for the community. For some of the elder gardening enthusiast, such as Mrs. Grażyna, the allotment is the only reason to leave home.</p><p>Tomasz, 23, a gardening student, has been tending to other people’s gardens for 11 years. His father also owns an allotment.</p><p>“When it comes to fruits and vegetables, people are no longer planting them in such places. The gardens are more recreational, a nice place to have a barbecue, rest and relax.</p><p>“There are still many elderly people here, but more young people are buying allotments. More often than not they hire someone to rebuild it from scratch or do it themselves”, he added.</p><p>The owner of an allotment has both rights and responsibilities, listed by the community regulations. The garden has to be tended to and each year a commission checks each of the plots to make sure it is properly taken care of. If an allotment is abandoned, it may be put up for sale. The law is very peculiar here, as the gardeners own the structures and plants, but not the land itself. They only have the right of use, which can be inherited as any property.</p><p>Dorota, an office worker, bought the allotment together with her parents from some old friends who could no longer tend to it. Now she is remodelling it.</p><p>“It will be a garden that requires as little work as possible,” she says. “We have only plants that don’t need a lot of tending, but are very beautiful. We have meadowsweets, forsythia, barberries and a patch with herbs.</p><p>“Right now I have some days off, so I’m finishing painting the little house,” she continues. “I’ve been working on the garden for three months now, fixing it up. I’m still new here, but I know the garden’s management organises all sorts of activities”.</p><p>The unusual legal state, with the land owned by the city and what’s on it owned by the gardeners, plus the prime locations of the gardens (the value of the land is estimated in billions) can lead to people wanting to close them down. For investors the gardens occupy space that could bring in a lot of money, but for locals they play an important integrational role, giving people a space to rest, spend time together and get a little dirty.</p><p>Some worry that demolishing the gardens will also worsen the already bad air quality, and lead to gentrification. The spaces which are now open to everyone, not just the allotment owners, such as joggers, kindergarten kids and anyone fancying a walk will change into places available to only those who can afford it. But for now city dwellers can take a breather in the allotments, or purchase one themselves to get a breath of the country right in the middle of the city.</p>Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:15:00 +0200September 22, 1944. Location: Vistula Riverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-22-1944-location-vistula-river-181<p>Soviet and German artillery exchange fire, adding to the destruction. Meanwhile civilians brave the inferno and try to cross Vistula in a desperate attempt to get to safety.</p>Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0200Asleep behind the wheel: Warsaw designer converts van into mobile napping hut for stressed workershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/asleep-behind-the-wheel-warsaw-designer-converts-van-into-mobile-napping-hut-for-stressed-workers-2360<p>A Warsaw designer is hoping a mobile meditation and napping room will become popular with tired and harassed workers who want a short break from the stresses of the day.</p>Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:24:00 +0200Martian movers: Polish team designs award-winning Mars roverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/martian-movers-polish-team-designs-award-winning-mars-rover-2357<p>As NASA continues to explore Mars, a Polish university team has won an international competition to build a rover that can take on the terrain of the Martian planet.</p>Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:24:00 +0200Polish President to attend UN General Assembly session in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-attend-un-general-assembly-session-in-new-york-2355<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda will start a visit to the US on Monday, Sept.24. On Tuesday, President Duda will attend the opening of the 73rd UN General Assembly session, and a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday.</p>Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:42:00 +0200Dubai to encourage Polish firms to invest in tech markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dubai-to-encourage-polish-firms-to-invest-in-tech-market-2354<p>Representatives of one of the most dynamically developing technological centres in the world - Dubai Internet City - are to travel to Poland to encourage IT sector companies to invest in their market, the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) has announced.</p>Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:48:00 +0200Second Digital Cultures conference to begin Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-digital-cultures-conference-to-begin-monday-2352<p>Over 20 meetings with international experts and video game developers are included in the program of the 2nd Digital Cultures conference, which will take place on September 24-25 at Warsaw’s Iluzjon cinema.</p>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:45:00 +0200Ratings agency Fitch raises Poland's GDP forecast for 2018-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ratings-agency-fitch-raises-polands-gdp-forecast-for-2018-19-2350<p>Global ratings agency Fitch has raised Poland's GDP growth forecast to 4.8 percent from 4.4 percent in 2018 and to 3.6 percent from 3.4 percent in 2019, the agency's Friday report shows. Fitch expects that the Polish economy will start to cool down soon.</p>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:27:00 +0200Poland joins group of most developed economieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-becomes-one-of-25-most-developed-global-economies-2347<p>Poland is one of the most developed economies in the world, according to FTSE and Stoxx / FTSE Russell.</p>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:40:00 +0200September 21th 1944. Location: Vistula Riverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-21th-1944-location-vistula-river-177<p>German forces turn their attention to the south of the city and the exhausted, poorly-armed and outnumbered AK troops. Weeks of non-stop combat is beginning to take its toll.</p>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:45:00 +0200Health Ministry plans new Medical Research Agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministry-plans-new-medical-research-agency-2345<p>Funding research and innovation in medicine, as well as increasing the effectiveness of the health care system in Poland are the goals of the Medical Research Agency (Agencja Badań Medycznych), that the Ministry of Health is planning to establish.</p>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:13:00 +0200Chilling then-and-now photos show where Auschwitz monsters relaxedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chilling-then-and-now-photos-show-where-auschwitz-monsters-relaxed-2342<p>Just a short distance from Auschwitz, where the defining crime of the 20th century was being carried out, in a picturesque setting on a hill by the bend of a river was a resort for the camp’s SS guards.</p>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:01:00 +0200The great and the good go on show at the Warsaw Gallery Weekend 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-great-and-the-good-go-on-show-at-the-warsaw-gallery-weekend-2018-2339<p>One of Warsaw’s annual cultural highlights, Warsaw Gallery Weekend, opens its doors today (Friday 21st).</p>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:49:00 +0200World's biggest bell 'Vox Patris' made in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-biggest-bell-vox-patris-made-in-poland-2337<p>At 55 tonnes, the 'Vox Patris' church bell is the biggest in the world. It was made by Polish craftsmen and will be transported to Trinidade, Brazil next year, to the Basilica of the Eternal Father, which commissioned it.</p>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:03:00 +0200President says foreign-based Poles will help build a dream Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-foreign-based-poles-will-help-build-a-dream-poland-2335<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday told a congress of the Polish diaspora that with the support of Poles living abroad, there will be built a Poland "of your dreams and ours."</p>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:52:00 +0200The Warsaw Autumn music festival hits all the right notes with this year’s line uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dont-b-flat-the-warsaw-autumn-contemporary-music-festival-is-nearly-here-2322<p>Komuna Warszawa, an independent theatre company, will perform the Barricade (Barykada) happening written by Andrzej Bieżan shortly before his death in 1983. The piece features audience participation and a heavy focus on found space.</p>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:56:00 +0200September 20th 1944. Location: Czerniaków Districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-20th-1944-location-czerniakow-district-176<p>Day 51 of the Warsaw Uprising. As the fighting and killing continues, British vlogger Patrick Ney looks at the personal tragedies of some of the Home Army soldiers.</p>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:47:00 +0200Museum opens for reconstructed ‘Popemobile’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/museum-opens-for-reconstructed-popemobile-2334<p>A new museum dedicated to the late John Paul II’s ‘popemobile’ opens its doors tomorrow – with a reconstruction of the legendary vehicle.</p>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:13:00 +0200Energy firm Fortum launches EUR 202 mln power plant in Zabrzehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-firm-fortum-launches-eur-202-mln-power-plant-in-zabrze-2333<p>After a construction phase of almost two and a half years, energy firm Fortum opened a co-generation heat and power plant in the Silesian town of Zabrze (southern Poland) on Thursday. The investment cost PLN 870 million (EUR 202.6 million).</p>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:38:00 +0200The merry wives of diplomacy: Ambassadors’ wives get together to fight inequalityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-2330<p>A group of diplomatic wives have joined forces to help combat inequality.</p>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:06:00 +0200Global alpinists descend on town for oldest mountain festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-alpinists-descend-on-town-for-oldest-mountain-festival-2327<p>Mountain aficionados gather in south-western Poland this week for the Lądek Mountain Festival.</p>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:27:00 +0200US Ambassador: Polish-US relations strongest in historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-polish-us-relations-strongest-in-history-2325<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher has described Tuesday's meeting between the Polish and US presidents as a "real success" for both countries, having raised all the main issues. Polish-US relations are the strongest ever, she stated.</p>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:28:00 +0200PKO bank introduces new blockchain systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bank-introduces-new-blockchain-system-2320<p>Poland’s largest bank has launched a new blockchain system in one of the biggest applications of the flourishing technology in Europe to date.</p>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:58:00 +0200September 19th, 1944. Location: Zagórna Street/Czerniakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-19th-1944-location-zagorna-streetczerniakow-174<p>Polish soldiers with the Red Army are ordered back across the river leaving the Home Army to carry on the fight alone.</p>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:39:00 +0200Man booker’s Tokarczuk makes her debut as librettist in mythical operahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-bookers-tokarczuk-makes-her-debut-as-librettist-in-mythical-opera-2317<p>Olga Tokarczuk, this year’s winner of Man Booker International Prize, has always been interested in myth and history and her debut as opera librettist, “Ahat ili – Siostra bogów” (Ahat ili – Sister of the gods) derives from ancient Mesopotamian religion.</p>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:14:00 +0200High five, we did it again! Poland beats Bulgaria 3-1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/high-five-we-did-it-again-poland-beats-bulgaria-3-1-2313<p>Poland is through to the second stage of the Men’s World Championships in Volleyball after beating Bulgaria 3-1.</p>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:33:00 +0200Polish banking sector nets EUR 2.1 bln in Jan-Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-21-bln-in-jan-july-2312<p>The Polish banking sector posted a cumulative net profit of PLN 9.12 bln (EUR 2.12 bln) in January-July, up 14 percent year on year, the National Bank of Poland said in a Wednesday report.</p>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:50:00 +0200Permanent US military base necessary in Poland - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-us-military-base-necessary-in-poland---president-duda-2310<p>My US visit is to serve the strengthening of the Polish voice on the need to ensure additional security for our part of Europe through an additional US presence and a permanent US military base in Poland, President Andrzej Duda told a Polish public TV channel.</p>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:43:00 +0200Wood you believe it! Teachers open school – in a foresthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wood-you-believe-it-teachers-open-school--in-a-forest-2303<p>Most of us can image kids having a nature lesson in the forest, but what about maths, history and English?</p>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:56:00 +0200Polish film wins Grand Prix award at Film Festival in Slovakiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-wins-grand-prix-award-at-film-festival-in-slovakia-2306<p>Polish film Cold War (Polish: Zimna wojna) directed by Paweł Pawlikowski received the Grand Prix award for the best European film at the Cinematik International Film Festival in Piestany, Slovakia, Slovak press agency TASR has announced.</p>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:34:00 +0200Poland set for boom in e-car charging stationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-set-for-boom-in-e-car-charging-stations-2302<p>Around 160 charging stations for electric cars will be installed along the roads overseen by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA), the Puls Biznesu daily newspaper reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:06:00 +0200September 18th 1944. Location: Ludna 9 Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-18th-1944-location-ludna-9-street-172<p>US bombers begin dropping supplies but less than one-in-five land in Home Army territory. Meanwhile, although Polish soldiers fighting with the Red Army have crossed the river, the thousands of much-hoped for Soviet forces remain on the other side.</p>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:32:00 +0200Poland, Lithuania, Romania call for cooperation with London after Brexithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-romania-call-for-cooperation-with-london-after-brexit-2301<p>Without Great Britain, the EU's position in the international arena may be weakened, making it more vulnerable to external threats, wrote the foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Romania, on the Politico news portal.</p>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:19:00 +0200On a roll: Poland slams its way to victory against Iran in gripping 3-0 matchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-a-roll-poland-slams-its-way-to-victory-against-iran-in-gripping-3-0-match-2299<p>Poland continued its winning streak yesterday after being Iran 3-0 in their match in Varna, Bulgaria.</p>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:25:00 +0200Rescued dog could hardly move because its ‘dreadlocks’ were so heavyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rescued-dog-could-hardly-move-because-his-dreadlocks-were-so-heavy-2297<p>A neglected dog with fur so long it could hardly move has been rescued by an animal shelter.</p>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:04:00 +0200Duda meets Trump to discuss securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-meets-trump-to-discuss-security-2295<p>President Andrzej Duda will visit the White House today for a long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump.</p>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:03:00 +0200PM: Poland wants to be a strong member of EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-to-be-a-strong-member-of-eu-2292<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki while continuing his campaign tour before this autumn's local elections, told voters gathered in Sochaczew, west of Warsaw, on Monday, that Poland wants to be a part of Europe.</p>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:42:00 +0200Nearly 700 firms benefit from EU's Eastern Poland programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-700-firms-benefit-from-eus-eastern-poland-programme-2291<p>As many as 457 companies and 210 start-up firms benefited from the European Union's Eastern Poland programme designed to support development of the five easternmost Polish provinces, the Investment and Development Ministry said in a statement.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:26:00 +0200Rather than staying on someone’s couch you eat in their house! Eataway is the new traveler crazehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rather-than-staying-on-someones-coach-you-eat-in-their-house-eataway-is-the-new-traveller-craze-2287<p>Sometimes, great ideas are born from necessity. With Marta Bradshaw from Kraków it was born from hunger.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:42:00 +0200Poland's HICP inflation at 1.4 pct y/y in August - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hicp-inflation-at-14-pct-yy-in-august---eurostat-2286<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) grew by 1.4 percent year on year in August 2018, equal to a 1.4 percent growth in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:01:00 +0200Three Seas initiative on an even keel as summit kicks off in Romanian capitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-seas-initiative-on-an-even-keel-as-summit-kicks-off-in-romanian-capital-2282<p>The Three Seas Initiative is meeting in Bucharest for its third summit.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:37:00 +0200Hay good looking! Poland's annual harvest celebrations are a sight for straw eyeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/harvest-celebration-in-sierpc-43<p>The epi-centre of harvest celebrations in the Mazovia province, the Polish harvest festival is a centuries-old-tradition called ‘Dożynki’.</p><p>The symbol of Dożynki is the harvest wreath made of a mixture of wheat, rye and flowers. Bread is also an important symbolic feature with people sharing it around. The day starts with a mass and ends with traditional dances, concerts, regional cuisine and competitions.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:07:00 +0200September 17th, 1944. Location Vistula Riverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-17th-1944-location-vistula-river-170<p>The Polish 1st army of the Red Army has arrived and although better armed than the Polish Home Army have little experience of close-quarter fighting consequently the death toll is high.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:36:00 +0200European Bridges festival in Budapest inaugurated by Polish musicianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-bridges-festival-in-budapest-inaugurated-by-polish-musicians-2281<p>The European Bridges festival in Budapest was inaugurated on Sunday by Polish celebrated pianist Piotr Anderszewski with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra. Poland and the Baltic States are the focus of this year's festival.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:28:00 +0200Polish designer collection presented in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-designer-collection-presented-in-new-york-2279<p>Polish fashion designer Dorota Zgłobicka presented her own brand's new collection 'Whimsical Rebellion' at New York Fashion Week. Offstage, the artist, married to Oscar winner Zbigniew Rybczyński, lives in Arizona, United States.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:36:00 +0200On this day, 79 years ago, Poland was invaded by the Soviet Union following a secret deal between Stalin and Hitlerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-this-day-79-years-ago-poland-was-invaded-by-the-soviet-union-following-a-secret-deal-between-stalin-and-hitler-2277<p>Between 03.00 and 06.00 on the morning of September 17, the Red Army rolled into Poland without officially declaring war with over 4,000 tanks, 3,300 aircraft and 620,000 troops, thereby breaking the non-aggression pact between Poland and the Soviet Union.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:29:00 +0200President marks 79th anniversary of Soviet invasion of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-79th-anniversary-of-soviet-invasion-of-poland-2276<p>President Andrzej Duda on Monday laid a wreath at Warsaw's Monument to the Fallen and Murdered in the East on the 79th anniversary of the Soviet aggression on Poland.</p>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:35:00 +0200Stunning gallery of photos from the 16 films chosen for the 43rd Gdynia Film Festival’s Main Competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/stunning-gallery-of-photos-from-the-16-films-chosen-for-the-43rd-gdynia-film-festivals-main-competition-41<p>From Marek Koterski, Krzysztof Zanussi and Filip Bajon to Małgorzata Szumowska, Wojciech Smarzowski, and Paweł Pawlikowski.&nbsp;</p><p>The set, some of which have never been seen in public before, offer a glimpse of the best Polish films to compete during this year’s edition of the Gdynia Film Festival.</p>Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:24:00 +0200Nowa Huta may be Kraków’s ugly sister, but she is not out of the game just yethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lost-in-nowa-huta-with-a-vindaloo-krakows-ugly-sister-is-a-blast-back-to-the-past-2272<p>Nowa Huta: two words guaranteed to give most Poles the shivers.</p>Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:20:00 +0200Lights, camera and action: It’s the 43rd Gdynia Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lights-camera-and-action-its-the-43rd-gdynia-film-festival-2266<p>The Polish Film Festival kicks off in Gdynia Monday (Sep 17th) and this year sees 16 of Poland’s best directors and latest films qualifying for the Main Competition.</p>Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:44:00 +0200September 16, 1944. Location Ludna 9 Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-16-1944-location-ludna-9-street-169<p><span lang="EN-US">As fierce street-to-street fighting continues between the Polish Home Army and German forces, Soviet troops finally cross the Vistula river</span>.</p>Sun, 16 Sep 2018 16:59:00 +0200The ‘heart and soul’ of Polish music at the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-heart-and-soul-of-polish-music-at-the-elbe-philharmonic-hall-in-hamburg-2263<p>Over the next three months, the prestigious classical music venue opened last year will see a distinguished line up of ensembles, orchestras and soloists presenting some of Poland’s best musicians and their works.</p>Sun, 16 Sep 2018 14:43:00 +0200Thoughtful historical explorations of contemporary human existence – meet Michał Martychowiechttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thoughtful-historical-explorations-of-contemporary-human-existence--meet-michal-martychowiec-2260<p>Some artists are easy to pigeonhole; landscape, portrait, installation, sculpture - genres easily identifiable with many well-known names. Not so with Michał Martychowiec.</p>Sun, 16 Sep 2018 12:42:00 +0200Stunning aerial shots of Warsaw as you’ve never seen it beforehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-aerial-shots-of-warsaw-as-youve-never-seen-it-before-2256<p>Maciej Margas began snapping the capital two years ago after realising that because of Warsaw’s tragic history, many people had a very limited view of the city.</p>Sat, 15 Sep 2018 19:11:00 +0200From LA dining room to Warsaw’s National Museum: Looted WWII art returned after more than 70 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-la-dining-room-to-warsaws-national-museum-looted-wii-art-returned-after-more-than-70-years-2254<p>A 17th century painting looted by Hitler’s marauding troops during WWII has been returned to the National Museum in Warsaw.</p>Sat, 15 Sep 2018 17:17:00 +0200September 15th, 1944. Location: Wilanowska 18 Street / The Women of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-15th-1944-location-wilanowska-18-street--the-women-of-warsaw-167<p>The 46th day of the Warsaw Uprising and British vlogger Patrick Ney looks at the courage and bravery of the Polish women who fought alongside their male counterparts.</p>Sat, 15 Sep 2018 16:25:00 +0200Blooming marvellous: The village covered in painted flowershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/blooming-marvellous-the-village-covered-in-painted-flowers-40<p>Had the Flower-Power generation still been around today, this little village in southeast Poland would have been its capital.</p><p>One of the smallest villages in Poland, Zalipie is also the most instagramable, drawing in Japanese tourists as well as the international media to gawk at the flowers that have been painted on literally everything.</p><p>Houses, schools, bridges, churches and even dog kennels have been adorned with them in a tradition that goes back over a century.</p><p>To deal with the soot that was accumulating on the walls of the houses because of the lack of chimneys, the local women began whitewashing the walls and then, to add some colour, began painting flowers on them.</p><p>And so it continues even today. But rather than build new houses to refresh their ‘canvas’, the 1,000-odd locals simply whitewash the walls again and then paint new floral designs on them.</p>Sat, 15 Sep 2018 15:41:00 +0200Polish science agency launches five competitions worth EUR 123 mlnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-science-agency-launches-five-competitions-worth-eur-123-mln-2253<p>Poland's National Science Centre (NCN) will offer grants worth PLN 530 mln (EUR 123 mln) in three national and two international competitions. The latter two are run in collaboration with the German research organisation Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).</p>Sat, 15 Sep 2018 12:57:00 +0200It’s official! Kraków is the best place in Europe for food, says European Academy of Gastronomyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-official-krakow-is-the-best-place-in-europe-for-food-says-european-academy-of-gastronomy-2250<p>Kraków has been named European Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2019, beating the Portuguese capital Lisbon.</p>Sat, 15 Sep 2018 12:06:00 +0200Moody's agency with no update on Poland's credit ratinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-agency-with-no-update-on-polands-credit-rating-2248<p>Moody’s credit rating agency, in a statement issued on September 14, announced that it had not updated Poland's credit rating.</p>Sat, 15 Sep 2018 10:51:00 +0200‘My body is destroyed but I’m really stoked.’ Mountain biker performs astonishing ‘world first’ aerial jump known as a quadruple tail whiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/my-body-is-destroyed-but-im-really-stoked-mountain-biker-performs-astonishing-world-first-aerial-jump-known-as-a-quadruple-tail-whip-2247<p>A Polish mountain biker has claimed the world record for carrying out the first ever quadruple tail whip.</p>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:27:00 +0200September 14th, 1944. Location: Park/Czerniakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-14th-1944-location-parkczerniakow-166<p>The Red Army finally arrives but following them are the deadly forerunners of the KGB, the murderous NKVD. They begin hunting down Polish Home Army officers and soldiers.</p>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:28:00 +0200Jerzy Giedroyc: Political Activist and Cultural Editor Extraordinairehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jerzy-giedroyc-political-activist-and-cultural-editor-extraordinaire-2245<p>For over five decades, Giedroyc played a major role in promoting Polish cultural life, gaining credibility with this postwar Paris-based Kultura magazine for rejecting subsidies or backing from the CIA-funded US Free Europe Committee.</p>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:23:00 +0200And now it’s the USA! Man Booker winner Olga Tokarczuk nominated for yet another literary prizehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-now-its-the-usa-author-olga-tokarczuk-nominated-for-yet-another-literary-prize-2244<p>Booker-prize-winning author Olga Tokarczuk’s novel Flights has been nominated for one of the most important literary prizes in the United States – the National Book Award.</p>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:58:00 +0200Labour costs in Poland up 6.2 pct y/y in 2nd quarter of 2018 - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-costs-in-poland-up-62-pct-yy-in-2nd-quarter-of-2018---eurostat-2243<p>The nominal hourly labour costs grew in Poland by 6.2 percent year on year in the second quarter of 2018, after an 8.0 percent rise in the 1st quarter of 2018, Eurostat reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:12:00 +0200Incredible 200-year-old mining tunnel, 1100 meters long and home to a pub and a chapel becomes longest underground boat ride in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-200-year-old-mining-tunnel-1100-meters-long-and-home-to-a-pub-and-a-chapel-becomes-longest-underground-boat-ride-in-poland-2239<p>The longest underground boat ride in Poland officially opens today in Zabrze in a former mining tunnel that takes tourists from the coal face right into the centre of the city.</p>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:36:00 +0200Gloria Artis medals awarded to Argentinian and Vietnamese pianistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gloria-artis-medals-awarded-to-argentinian-and-vietnamese-pianists-2237<p>Argentinian and Vietnamese pianists, Nelson Goerner and Dang Thai Son, have been awarded Poland's Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Merit to Polish Culture.</p>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:15:00 +0200Cold War screenwriter Janusz Głowacki used absurdity to show humour in tragedyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-screenwriter-janusz-glowacki-used-absurdity-to-show-humour-in-tragedy-2233<p>“My father believed absurdity is the only way to show the world in its cruelty and madness. He looked for the humor in tragedy, in personal and political stories,” Zuzanna Głowacka, daughter of internationally acclaimed playwright Janusz Głowacki, tells TFN.</p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:35:00 +0200September 13, 1944. Location: Poniatowski Bridgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-13-1944-location-poniatowski-bridge-164<p>The Praga district of Warsaw becomes the new front line as 150,000 Red Army soldiers descend on the remaining 50,000 German troops. Day 44 of the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:23:00 +0200Poland batters Cuba 3-1 in Volleyball World Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-batters-cuba-3-1-in-volleyball-world-championships-2231<p>Poland slammed their way to victory last night, thrashing Cuba 3-1 in their opening match of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria.</p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:46:00 +0200Belgian technology firm to invest EUR 300 mln in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belgian-technology-firm-to-invest-eur-300-mln-in-poland-2229<p>Belgian materials technology group Umicore will invest PLN 1.38 bln (EUR 320 mln) in a lithium-ion battery cathode plant in Nysa, south-western Poland, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology announced in a press release on Thursday.</p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:18:00 +0200Govt. launches ‘bleak’ Brexit for business brochurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-launches-bleak-brexit-for-business-brochure-2225<p>Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology have created a brochure to inform businesspeople of the consequences of the UK's exit from the EU.</p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:01:00 +0200Situation on CO2 market calls for EC's intervention - Polish ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/situation-on-co2-market-calls-for-ecs-intervention---polish-minister-2224<p>The current situation on the EU emission allowances market (EU ETS) and the rally in EU ETS prices should be a cause for concern for the European Commission, which should consider intervention, Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski told PAP.</p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:30:00 +0200That’s a turnip for the books: Online vegan butchers such a roaring success plans are now afoot for expansionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-a-turnip-for-the-books-online-vegan-butchers-such-a-roaring-success-plans-are-now-afoot-for-expansion-2220<p>Imagine the following spread: platters piled high <em>kiełbasa</em> sausage, bacon and slices of roast.</p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:58:00 +0200August's inflation in Poland at 2.0 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/augusts-inflation-in-poland-at-20-pct-yy---stats-office-2219<p>The prices of consumer goods and services in Poland grew by 2.0 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0200Polish national airline to purchase 15 new airplanes in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-airline-to-purchase-15-new-airplanes-in-2019-2218<p>Polish flag carrier PLL LOT will be equipped with fifteen new airplanes next year, the Chief Commercial Officer of LOT Michał Fijoł has announced.</p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:01:00 +0200A ‘black day for landscape photographers.’ Despair as rescue chopper blows branch off 500-year-old Pine treehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-black-day-for-landscape-photographers-despair-as-rescue-chopper-blows-branch-off-500-year-old-pine-tree-2216<p>One of the most famous and most photographed trees in Poland had to undergo surgery and have a branch removed after it was damaged by a mountain rescue helicopter.</p>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 18:24:00 +0200Museum of Polish History to acquire Enigma encryption machinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/museum-of-polish-history-to-acquire-enigma-encryption-machine-2214<p>An original German Enigma encryption machine, whose code was broken by Polish mathematicians, is to be purchased and become a part of a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Polish History.</p>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:41:00 +0200September 12, 1944. Location: Czerniakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-12-1944-location-czerniakow-162<p>Day 43 of the Warsaw Uprising and the Soviets start engaging German troops in combat. British vlogger Patrick Ney explains how, as planes battle it out in the skies above the capital, religious faith played a key role in bolstering the Poles’ morale.</p>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:01:00 +0200When Swirski met Lem: Scholar Peter Swirski talks to TFN about one of the world’s greatest sci-fi writers, the late Stanisław Lemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/when-swirski-met-lem-scholar-peter-swirski-talks-to-tfn-about-one-of-the-worlds-greatest-sci-fi-writers-the-late-stanislaw-lem-2212<p>Born 97 years ago today, Stanisław Lem’s books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold over 45 million copies. Hailed by critics as being equal to authors such as H.G. Wells and Olaf Stapledon, he is also considered to be the most widely read science fiction writer in the world. &nbsp;</p>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:56:00 +0200Volkswagen e-batteries to be made in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volkswagen-e-batteries-to-be-made-in-poland-2210<p>LG in Poland is to produce e-batteries for German car giant Volkswagen.</p>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:57:00 +0200Polish trade agency opens branch in Taiwanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-trade-agency-opens-branch-in-taiwan-2209<p>Polish Investment and Trade Agency's (PAIH) new office in Taipei will assist Polish entrepreneurs in the promotion of domestic products, the establishment of business contacts with Asian partners, as well as the acquisition of crucial investments from Taiwan.</p>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:04:00 +0200EU citizens permanently residing in Poland can vote in local electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-citizens-permanently-residing-in-poland-can-vote-in-local-elections-2208<p>Citizens of the EU who are not Polish nationals will have the right to vote in the upcoming October local elections.</p>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:26:00 +0200Lettuce be having it: Warsaw still one of the best places in the WORLD for vegans, says HappyCow reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lettuce-be-having-it-warsaw-still-one-of-the-best-places-in-the-world-for-vegans-says-happycow-report-2205<p>Leading vegan website HappyCow has placed Warsaw seventh in its 2018 ranking of the top vegan-friendly cities in the world, pipping Paris, Toronto and Prague to the seventh centile.</p>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:23:00 +0200Descendants of British PoWs visit Lamsdorf prison museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/descendants-of-british-pows-visit-lamsdorf-prison-museum-2203<p>Over 80 family members of British World War II prisoners of war who spent time in the Stalag VIII B Lamsdorf German Army prisoner of war camp in present-day Łambinowice, southwestern Poland, visited the site on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:36:00 +0200PM lays wreath at monument of Poles killed in Sept. 11 attackshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-lays-wreath-at-monument-of-poles-killed-in-sept-11-attacks-2201<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, on the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, laid a wreath on Tuesday at a Warsaw monument dedicated to Poles who died in the attack.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 19:43:00 +0200On the ball: Middle-aged Pole is NFL legendhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-ball-middle-aged-pole-is-nfl-legend-2196<p>The world’s wealthiest sport organization, the National Football League (NFL) is no place for old men: the average career for a player drafted out of college lasts no more than 3.3 years.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:13:00 +0200September 11, 1944. Location: City Centerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-11-1944-location-city-center-160<p>The Germans begin to focus their attentions on Stalin’s advancing Red Army giving the Polish resistance renewed hope of victory. But in America the US president tells Churchill there is nothing more they can do to help the Uprising and Polish pleas for Soviet supplies to be airdropped in, mysteriously fail to get through.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:54:00 +0200Green Tree-umph: Govt. plans wooden houses for low income familieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/green-tree-umph-govt-plans-wooden-houses-for-low-income-families-2198<p>The government has today launched a new initiative to help low-income families with cheap accommodation – made from wood.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:32:00 +0200E-asy riders: Poland to be at forefront of electromobility, says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/e-asy-riders-poland-to-be-at-forefront-of-electromobility-says-pm-2194<p>How will we travel to work in the not-too-distant future? This broad question will be explored at the Impact mobility rEVolution conference on 12-13 September in Katowice, south-western Poland.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:23:00 +0200Top dogs dress up for ‘puparazzi’ at annual Sausage Dog paradehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/top-dogs-dress-up-for-puparazzi-at-annual-sausage-dog-parade-39<p>Thousands of Dachshunds descended on Kraków over the weekend (September 9th) for the 24th Marsz Jamników (March of the Dachshunds). Dressed in their finest Sunday best the dogs looked pawsitively delighted to be at the centre of attention as they paraded from the Barbican to the Main Square.</p><p>One of Kraków’s most iconic traditions, the parade has been going since 1994.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:03:00 +0200EBRD may invest EUR 650 mln in Poland this year, more in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-may-invest-eur-650-mln-in-poland-this-year-more-in-2019-2193<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development could invest up to EUR 650 million in Poland in the present year, and even more in 2019, EBRD's Director for Poland Grzegorz Zieliński told PAP.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:35:00 +0200Some Polish newspapers leave first page blank in defence of reportinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/some-polish-newspapers-leave-first-page-blank-in-defence-of-reporting-2191<p>Several Polish daily newspapers on Tuesday published an open letter to the European Parliament, and some left their first page blank, as they seek new legislation to protect journalists and editors.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:40:00 +0200Delegates descend on Warsaw for OSCE confhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delegates-descend-on-warsaw-for-osce-conf-2188<p>Officials, experts and civil society activists have gathered in Warsaw for Europe’s largest annual human rights conference.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:14:00 +0200Poland gets award for promoting tourism in Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-gets-award-for-promoting-tourism-in-russia-2187<p>The Polish Tourism Organisation (POT), a state agency responsible for tourism, has received an award for promoting the country's tourist attractions on the Russian market.</p>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:28:00 +0200New US ambassador to Poland visits Warsaw Uprising Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-us-ambassador-to-poland-visits-warsaw-uprising-museum-2185<p>The Warsaw Uprising Museum (MPW) has reported that the new US ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, visited the museum on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 18:14:00 +0200Lovebirds: Male stork Romeo stays with broken-winged Juliet instead of migrating for the winterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lovebirds-male-stork-romeo-stays-with-broken-winged-juliet-instead-of-migrating-for-the-winter-2183<p>A loved-up stork has decided to stay in Poland so that he can be with his female partner whose broken wing means she cannot migrate.</p>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:35:00 +0200September 10, 1944. Location: Vistula Riverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-10-1944-location-vistula-river-158<p>Morale is boosted when the Red Army finally begins to bomb German positions and Allied planes are allowed to fly into Soviet-controlled airspace and drop supplies to the beleaguered Polish fighters. But the joy is short-lived as Stalin’s troops aren’t coming as liberators but as occupiers… &nbsp;</p>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:32:00 +0200Man who died after setting himself ablaze in protest at Soviet invasion of Czech Republic commemoratedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-who-died-after-setting-himself-ablaze-in-protest-at-soviet-invasion-of-czech-republic-commemorated-2182<p>Commemorations have taken place in the Czech Republic to honour the memory of Ryszard Siwiec, a Polish man who set himself on fire at a Warsaw stadium in protest over the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.</p>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:49:00 +0200Red logo day: Santander changes WBK colours to ‘Spanish Red’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/red-logo-day-santander-changes-wbk-colours-to-spanish-red-2180<p>The well-known green and white logo colours of the Zachodni WBK bank are disappearing – and being replaced by red following its takeover by Santander bank.</p>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:01:00 +0200Concert: Garouhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/concert-garou-2178<p>A great music star is about to visit Poland!</p>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:49:00 +0200Parachuting pensioner makes history with 4,000-metre leap of faithhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parachuting-pensioner-makes-history-after-jumping-out-of-plane-2173<p>A 90-year-old from Malbork has become the oldest man in Poland to parachute out of a plane.</p>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:14:00 +0200More and more Indian workers to arrive in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-and-more-indian-workers-to-arrive-in-poland-2171<p>Up to 25,000 people are awaiting Polish work visas in the embassy in New Delhi, India, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily wrote on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:55:00 +0200Wrocław: Nadodrze Gets To The Art Of The Problemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-nadodrze-gets-to-the-art-of-the-problem-2166<p>As a misanthropic old duffer that distrusts people, life and the world in general, there’s a few things on earth that I loathe with a passion: the term “art quarter” is one. Not, you understand, because of any deep-seated resentment I have of creativity, but because the words themselves have been entirely eroded of legitimate meaning. Nowadays, it appears, all you have to do is throw up some murals, open an ethical café and then fill the streets with 40-year-old men that ride skateboards to work: hey presto, you have an “art quarter”. More often than not, the expression is simply a hip, coded phrase for gentrification.</p>Sun, 09 Sep 2018 19:33:00 +0200Volkswagen Poznań summarises 25 years of activityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volkswagen-poznan-summarises-25-years-of-activity-2164<p>Volkswagen Poznań is the biggest employer in the western Polish Wielkopolskie province, providing work for more than 11,000 people. On Saturday, the company summarised its quarter-century in Poznań and the region at the city's stadium.</p>Sun, 09 Sep 2018 15:59:00 +0200September 9, 1944. Location: Śródmieście Districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-9-1944-location-srodmiescie-district-156<p>Polish troops go on the hunt for enemy snipers, and for one of them the mission is personal.</p>Sun, 09 Sep 2018 15:07:00 +0200Full circle: Jewish family honours past by returning to Łódź synagogue after 72 years to celebrate bar mitzvahhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/full-circle-jewish-family-honours-past-by-returning-to-lodz-synagogue-after-72-years-to-celebrate-bar-mitzvah-2162<p>The Epstein family has always lived in the shadow of the Holocaust. Holy days and Friday night dinners in Toronto were dominated by talk of the Germans, Poland, Israel and what happened to patriarch Philip Epstein, who had lost everything during the Nazi purge of Europe. The point was to never forget.</p>Sun, 09 Sep 2018 14:30:00 +0200That’s a wrap: artist covers Warsaw house in foilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-a-wrap-artist-covers-warsaw-house-in-foil-2159<p>An artist has wrapped a Warsaw townhouse in aluminium foil in an eye-catching project designed to draw attention to a building that has lain derelict for years.</p>Sun, 09 Sep 2018 11:11:00 +0200Step into a time slip: Warsaw’s Wola district goes back 90 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/step-into-a-time-slip-warsaws-wola-district-goes-back-90-years-34<p>A part of the Warsaw district of Wola is slipping back in time over the weekend with the re-creation of a famous pre-war market.</p><p>Anybody strolling down Wola’s Chłodna Street will get to experience Kercelak, a famed market before the war, which will be brought to life by actors in period costumes performing sketches while bands play music evocative of the years sandwiched between the two world wars.</p><p>Along with the street theatre and music other attractions include food, an illusionist and policemen on patrol in the uniforms worn over 80 years ago.</p>Sat, 08 Sep 2018 20:20:00 +0200Millennial vibe: hotels tune to into millennial wavelength to get customershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/millennial-vibe-hotels-tune-to-into-millennial-wavelength-to-get-customers-2154<p>As companies vie for millennial customers, hotels are upping their game. Now forced to compete against Airbnb, with its endless options and range of price points, they are adapting to changing tastes.</p>Sat, 08 Sep 2018 18:04:00 +0200September 8, 1944. Location: Zgoda Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-8-1944-location-zgoda-street-153<p>As the fighting continues, there are harrowing stories of civilians caught up in the inferno.</p>Sat, 08 Sep 2018 16:49:00 +0200Sold! Famous insurgent statue goes for 40khttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/famous-insurgent-statue-goes-under-the-hammer-2152<p>The original ‘Little Insurgent’ statue has been sold at auction for PLN 45,000, three times the asking price.</p>Sat, 08 Sep 2018 14:21:00 +0200Auschwitz survivor's art on show in the Netherlandshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-survivors-art-on-show-in-the-netherlands-2150<p>An exhibiton of 21 paintings by Polish Auschwitz survivor Marian Kołodziej opened on Friday at the World War Two-dedicated Gdynia Museum in Axel, the Netherlands. Painted over 16 years, they were inspired by Kołodziej's tortuous experiences in the Auschwitz camp.</p><p><br></p>Sat, 08 Sep 2018 10:12:00 +0200Total recharge: Pole makes epic 13,000-kilometre journey in battery-powered carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/total-recharge-pole-makes-epic-13000-kilometre-journey-in-battery-powered-car-2147<p>Many people wouldn’t take the battery-powered Nissan Leaf further than the shopping centre for fear of it running out of juice. But adventurer Marek Kamiński is unlike many people. He took one on a 13,000-kilometre epic journey from Zakopane to Tokyo to show the world electric cars can go the distance, and that you can travel without affecting the environment.</p>Sat, 08 Sep 2018 09:32:00 +0200Wrocław hosts 53rd Wratislavia Cantans classical music festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-hosts-53rd-wratislavia-cantans-classical-music-festival-2145<p>A concert version of Karol Szymanowski's opera King Roger launched the 53rd International Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wrocław (southern Poland) on Friday. During this year's festival, 25 concerts are planned of which 14 will be in Wrocław.</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 20:39:00 +0200On pointe: Teen makes history as first Polish graduate of prestigious Paris ballet schoolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-pointe-teen-makes-history-as-first-polish-graduate-of-prestigious-paris-ballet-school-2143<p>A Polish teenager has become the first Pole to graduate from one of the most prestigious and demanding ballet academies in the world.</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 18:14:00 +0200Poles organise medical aid for refugees in Ugandahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-organise-medical-aid-for-refugees-in-uganda-2142<p>The Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) is to deliver 100 housing modules to Uganda, which will serve as medical centres in refugee camps. PLN 1.5 million (EUR 348,000) for the project comes from the Polish Aid programme.</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 16:45:00 +0200September 7th 1944. Tamka 45 Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-7th-1944-tamka-45-street-151<p>Day 38 of the Warsaw Uprising and the Polish Home Army (AK) convince the Germans to allow citizens to leave the city, with 15,000 make it to safety. But the district of Powiśle has fallen into enemy hands and an AK commander faces a terrible dilemma after saving the lives of Poles of German descent…</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 16:36:00 +0200Medical cannabis poised to hit pharmacy markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-cannabis-poised-to-hit-pharmacy-market-2140<p>Anybody wanting to take medical cannabis in Poland for health reasons could soon get their chance, with the drug poised to make its debut on the Polish pharmacy market.</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 15:27:00 +0200Bizarre Twitter feed goes viral with photos of imaginary ‘waterfall castles’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bizarre-twitter-feed-goes-viral-with-photos-of-imaginary-waterfall-castles-2138<p>Poland has many magical places worth visiting, but according to Twitter, some are more enticing than others.</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:46:00 +0200Polish and German students to search for extinct villageshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-german-students-to-search-for-extinct-villages-2136<p>A group of 20 students from Poland and Germany are starting the cleanup of the cemeteries of villages that became extinct after World War II, in the Pisz Forest, in the Masuria region (northern Poland).</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:15:00 +0200A charity walk - Ecco Walkathonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-charity-walk---ecco-walkathon-2134<p>Do you like walking? Or maybe you want to help someone? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, this event is for you, because thanks to Walkathon you can do both!</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 12:26:00 +0200Charge of the fake brigade: An enduring myth of WWII is that Polish cavalry charged German tanks. They didn’thttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charge-of-the-fake-brigade-debunking-the-myth-of-the-wwii-cavalry-charge-against-german-tanks-2131<p>One of the most prevailing myths of the Second World War is that of Polish cavalry charging German tanks.</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:51:00 +0200Greece the most popular travel destination for Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/greece-the-most-popular-travel-destination-for-poles---tourism-office-2129<p>The most popular holiday destination for Poles was Greece, according to the most recent report of the Polish Chamber of Tourism (PIT), "Foreign holidays of Poles in 2018". The chamber announced that this has been a successful season for the tourism industry so far.</p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 09:52:00 +0200European Union invests EUR 320 million in Poland's road infrastructurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-union-invests-eur-320-million-in-polands-road-infrastructure-2127<p>Over EUR 255 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is invested in the construction of a highway section between the cities of Nowe Marzy, Świecie and Bydgoszcz, in Centre-North Poland, along the S5 expressway, the European Commission wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 20:52:00 +0200Poland is one of Europe's most integrated countries - World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-one-of-europes-most-integrated-countries---world-bank-2126<p>Poland is among the leading countries in Europe in terms of international economic connections, such as trade, investments, migration, communications technology or the transport network, according to a new report by the World Bank, published on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:29:00 +0200It was 30 years ago today… On the anniversary of Stefan Themerson’s death, TFN remembers the life of one of the giants of children’s bookshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-30-years-ago-today-on-the-anniversary-of-stefan-themersons-death-tfn-remembers-the-life-one-of-the-giants-of-childrens-books-2123<p>From an early age Stefan Themerson showed a passion for the arts and technology, taking up photography and building his own radio receiver.</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:04:00 +0200Govt. hunts Maluch buyers cheated by communist systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-hunts-maluch-buyers-cheated-by-communist-system-2121<p>The Polish Ministry of Finance is looking for 263 people who during communist times bought iconic Fiat cars known as the Maluch (which translates as the little one) but never received them.</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:03:00 +0200President accepts credentials from new US ambassador to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-accepts-credentials-from-new-us-ambassador-to-poland-2119<p>President Andrzej Duda accepted credentials from Georgette Mosbacher, the new U.S. ambassador to Poland, on Thursday.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:06:00 +0200September 6th 1944. Location: Tamka 3 Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-6th-1944-location-tamka-3-street-149<p>Hitler’s fanatical SS troops continue their savage war crimes in the Powiśle district of the Polish capital.</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:56:00 +0200Incredible story of woman’s escape from Soviet gulag before starting a new life in Iran is turned into moving documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-story-of-womans-escape-from-soviet-gulag-before-starting-a-new-life-in-iran-is-turned-into-moving-documentary-2117<p>For Iranian film maker Narges Kharghani the story of the 91 year-old Polish woman deserved to be told. Maria Baydan had arrived destitute and starving in Iran aged 14 in 1942, and never left. Despite being a Catholic Pole in a Muslim country she had married and had children, while also enduring revolution and tragedy. Her story was a story worth telling.</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 15:14:00 +0200Warsaw Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-fim-festival-starts-soon-2111<p>Warsaw Film Festival is the biggest film festiwal in Poland. The first edition took place in 1985. The idea was to show foreign people new movies made by polish directors. Nowadays WFF is a huge event, gathering many people from around the world.</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 12:12:00 +0200Balts value Polish wind energy and waterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/balts-value-polish-wind-energy-and-water-2114<p>Lietuvos Energija and Eesti Energia, state-owned energy companies in Lithuania and Estonia, respectively, want to invest in Poland. They are researching Polish wind energy and photovoltaics assets, reports Thursday's issue of the "Puls Biznesu".</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:56:00 +0200Learned professor reveals saucy Shakespeare textshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/learned-professor-reveals-saucy-shakespeare-texts-2107<p>In his latest book ‘Szekspir bez cenzury’ (Shakespeare Uncensored) Shakespeare scholar Professor Jerzy Limon, explains why we should look at the greatest English playwright in a slightly different way.</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:03:00 +0200Prime Minister: Computer games a Polish export hithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-computer-games-a-polish-export-hit-2105<p>Computer games are a Polish export hit, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at on Wednesday at the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica, southern Poland.</p>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:12:00 +0200Beauty and the beast – and it’s the SAME person! Makeup artist becomes internet sensation with her stunning transformationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beauty-and-the-beast--and-its-the-same-person-makeup-artist-becomes-internet-sensation-with-her-stunning-transformations-2100<p>A Polish makeup artist has sent the internet into meltdown with her incredible Cosplay creations.</p>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:55:00 +0200A long time ago in a village far, far away… Councillor names street after Star Wars herohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-long-time-ago-in-a-village-far-far-away-councillor-names-street-after-star-wars-hero-2099<p>Ulica Obi-Wana Kenobiego in the tiny village of Grabowiec may sound like garbled nonsense.</p>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 17:13:00 +0200September 5th 1944. Location: Powiślehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-5th-1944-location-powisle-147<p>In today’s video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney describes how on day 36, the Polish Home Army deploys some of its best troops to the riverside to secure it against the Red Army waiting on the other side.</p>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:32:00 +0200Poland set to become even greater EU power, says reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-set-to-become-even-greater-eu-power-says-report-2098<p>Poland is Europe’s future, says the deputy head of the Polish Economic Institute.</p>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:17:00 +0200XXIV Archeological Festival in Biskupinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeological-festival-in-biskupin-2093<p>Money, money, money in an Iron Age village.</p>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:33:00 +0200Film about Polish WWII pilots premieres in Londonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-about-polish-wwii-pilots-premieres-in-london-2096<p>The film "Hurricane," about Polish pilots who fought in the skies above England during the Battle of Britain, directed by David Blair, premiered at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square, central London, on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:27:00 +0200Debut of the new coachhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/debut-of-the-new-coach-2087<p>The Polish football team, led by new coach Jerzy Brzęczek, will play their "test" match.</p>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:58:00 +0200New book about Poland’s role in cracking Enigma code released this weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-about-polands-role-in-cracking-enigma-code-released-this-week-2088<p>A new book by the nephew of Alan Turing, the man credited with cracking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code, reveals the essential role of Polish cryptographers.</p>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:45:00 +0200Polish exhibition distinguished at London Design Biennalehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exhibition-distinguished-at-london-design-biennale-2085<p>A Polish exposition portraying the last 100 years of Polish history via 10 particular objects received an honourable mention at the prestigious London Design Biennale (LDB) on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:59:00 +0200Bank Pekao and Microsoft become strategic partnershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bank-pekao-and-microsoft-become-strategic-partners-2082<p>Polish Bank Pekao and software giant Microsoft sealed a strategic partnership agreement at the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica (southern Poland) on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 20:35:00 +0200EU funds will help accelerate investments in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-funds-will-help-accelerate-investments-in-2019-2081<p>Poland's deputy Finance Minister Leszek Skiba said on Tuesday that the use of European Union funds will help accelerate the growth of investments in the country next year.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 18:36:00 +0200Europe’s third biggest defence expo launches in Kielcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-third-biggest-defence-expo-launches-in-kielce-2078<p>Defence ministry officials, businessmen and arms aficionados are gathering in Kielce, in south central Poland, this week for the annual International Defence Industry Exhibition.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:53:00 +0200September 4th 1944. Location: Długa 7 Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-4th-1944-location-dluga-7-street-145<p>As the battle for Warsaw rages on, British vlogger Patrick Ney tells of German troops attacking hospitals, a patient’s miraculous escape, and German preparations to cut off Stalin’s Red Army waiting on the other side of the river.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:06:00 +0200Adopt a homeless doghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/animal-shelter-na-paluchu-2075<p>Many people think that homeless animals, which have lived in shelters since birth, cannot adapt to normal life outside the shelter. A Warsaw-based animal shelter proves that assumption wrong.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:59:00 +0200Automotive show Verva Street Racinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/verva-street-racing-2072<p>What to expect: Verva Street racing is coming again! For the ninth time we’ll see an amazing automotive show. This event is an opportunity to admire vehicles from the fastest racing series in Europe and the world. Professionals are going to take part in rallies, racing, drifting, for example: FMX, Rallycross and Circus Trial Show.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:13:00 +0200Polish quantum software producer enters US and Canadian marketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-quantum-software-producer-enters-us-and-canadian-markets-2069<p>Polish start-up Bohr Technology, a company which creates quantum machine learning algorithms and software for solving complex optimisation problems is entering the U.S. and Canadian markets, informs the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH).</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:23:00 +0200Iconic ‘Little Insurgent’ statue put up for auction by ‘mystery’ sellerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iconic-little-insurgent-statue-put-up-for-auction-by-mystery-seller-2066<p>An iconic monument to the Warsaw Uprising is to be put up for auction.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:05:00 +0200PGNiG plans new gas well in Norwegian Seahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgnig-plans-new-gas-well-in-norwegian-sea-2058<p>PGNiG Upstream Norway as the first Polish company will drill a well in the Norwegian Sea as an operator, Polish gas monopolist PGNiG said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 13:04:00 +020028th Krynica Economic Forum kicks offhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/28th-krynica-economic-forum-kicks-off-2056<p>Once a year, the spa town of Krynica, in southern Poland, swells with politicians, businessmen and other dignitaries.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:50:00 +0200Ex PM sues tabloid over suicide reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-pm-sues-tabloid-editor-over-scandalous-suicide-report-2054<p>Former prime minister Leszek Miller is suing the editor of a tabloid newspaper for “gross violation of privacy” following the newspaper’s reporting of his son’s suicide and funeral.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:04:00 +0200Kraków Airport services almost 624,000 passengers in Augusthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-services-almost-624000-passengers-in-august-2052<p>Almost 624,000 passengers used the services of Kraków (southern Poland) Airport in August 2918. The result is 15 percent up on a year earlier.</p>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:23:00 +0200From railwayman to crooner: Polish ‘Bing Crosby’ took 30’s Swing to post-war generationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-railwayman-to-crooner-polish-bing-crosby-took-30s-swing-to-post-war-generations-2048<p>Mieczysław Fogg, one of Poland’s most famous performers, passed away 27 years ago today.</p>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 18:48:00 +0200Polish woman among laureates of conductor competition in Bucharesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-woman-among-laureates-of-conductor-competition-in-bucharest-2045<p>Polish conductor Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk took second place in the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales which took place last week in Bucharest.</p>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 18:12:00 +0200The mates of Roth: Hotel immortalised in Roth novel unveils plaque to authorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-mates-of-roth-hotel-immortalised-in-roth-novel-unveils-plaque-to-author-2044<p>A plaque unveiled in Łódź on September 2 highlights the Polish connections of Joseph Roth, the celebrated Austrian-Jewish writer, who wrote a novel set at the city’s Hotel Savoy. &nbsp;</p>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 17:15:00 +0200Gotta move this colour TV: TCL to open research centre in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gotta-move-this-colour-tv-tcl-to-open-research-centre-in-warsaw-2042<p>TV manufacturing giant TCL is set to open its biggest research centre outside China in Warsaw, Rzeczpospolita has reported.</p>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 16:53:00 +0200September 3, 1944. Location: Kampinos Forest, near Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/november-3-1944-location-kampinos-forest-near-warsaw-139-139-139<p>A crack unit of Polish commanders attached to the British Special Operations Executive carry out a daring attack on a heavily armed SS unit.</p>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 15:20:00 +0200EBRD to open hub in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-to-open-hub-in-warsaw-2039<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) which is to launch a Central European hub in Warsaw, will support the competitiveness of companies, the green economy and the capital market in Poland, the daily Puls Biznesu wrote on Monday.</p>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 15:02:00 +0200Bangers and smashed it: Polish sausage listed on EU list of excellencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bangers-and-smashed-it-polish-sausage-listed-on-eu-list-of-excellence-2035<p>Polish sausages from Kraków have made it onto the European register of legally protected regional products.</p>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 13:40:00 +0200Film festival marks celebration of Poland regaining independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-festival-marks-celebration-of-poland-regaining-independence-2032<p>A screening of the film "Pruska kultura” (Prussian Culture) inaugurated the Film Festival of Freedom at the Lower Silesian Film Centre in Wrocław, western Poland, on Sunday.</p>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 10:14:00 +0200Stepping out in Śródka: where past and present collidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stepping-out-in-srodka-where-past-and-present-collide-2026<p>Wearing clogs and a cloth cap, the local butcher strikes an all too familiar pose: displaying the full, epic glory of his extravagant whiskers and sagging gut, he leans against his storefront looking content with the world. In his position, who wouldn’t, for living upstairs is a buxom blond damsel; flinging her apartment windows open – perhaps to berate the top-hatted trumpeter tooting from the rooftop – her generous, curvy features appear amplified by the crisp September sunshine. Oblivious to the commotion down below, a black cat sneaks with stealth across the tenement’s red tiles.</p>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 20:29:00 +0200Getting the city buzz. Polish bees go urban and move into citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-the-city-buzz-polish-bees-go-urban-and-move-into-cities-2024<p>On an average summers’ day, the Polish capital is buzzing with commuters, tourists and… bees. Though Polish honey (miód) is rightfully considered delicious, production is no longer limited to the countryside. In recent years, beehives have been installed in strategic locations across Warsaw, including the Palace of Culture and Science, and the roof of the Regent Warsaw Hotel.</p>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 18:49:00 +0200Future US ambassador to Poland remembers McCain as a friend of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/future-us-ambassador-to-poland-remembers-mccain-as-a-friend-of-poland-2022<p>Georgette Mosbacher, designated as the US ambassador in Poland, wrote on Twitter that John McCain was a friend of Poland, a great man and a real hero.</p>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 18:15:00 +0200September 2, 1944. Location: Castle Squarehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-2-1944-location-castle-square-131-131-131<p><span lang="EN-US">The last of the AK troops leave the Old Town, and the Germans begin to reap a bloody revenge on civilians.</span>&nbsp;</p>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 17:04:00 +0200House to house: the story of the woman who set out to photograph every home in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/house-to-house-the-story-of-the-woman-who-set-out-to-photograph-every-home-in-poland-2017<p>First, Zofia Rydet simply knocked on the door and said hello. Then she entered the house and took a look around. If a special, sometimes unusual item caught her eye, she would compliment the owner. After that she asked to take a picture – a wide angle, with the inhabitants of the house in front of their possessions. If they were reluctant, she would say the photograph is for Pope John Paul II. That always worked.</p>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 15:11:00 +0200Stirring it up: Warsaw artist mixes words with images to get his message acrosshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stirring-it-up-warsaw-artist-mixes-words-with-images-to-get-his-message-across-2014<p>Paweł Susid has never been afraid to defy convention. By mixing text with pictures he has blended the power of the word with the power of the image to create striking works of art that have set him apart from his peers.</p>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 11:08:00 +0200Polish Battle of Britain pilots commemorated in Londonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-battle-of-britain-pilots-commemorated-in-london-2012<p>Families of veterans, officials, Polish cadets and students on Saturday laid wreaths at the London-based monument to Polish pilots who during WWII defended the British skies in Polish units serving under Royal Air Force (RAF) command.</p>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 19:42:00 +0200Stepping into history: a Lublin museum gives visitors the chance to dive into Poland’s rural pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stepping-into-history-a-lublin-museum-gives-visitors-the-chance-to-dive-into-polands-rural-past-2008<p>As life in the city continues to speed up, a visit to the Open Air Village Museum in Lublin, in eastern Poland, offers a glimpse into how people lived before the widespread use of cars, electricity and smartphones.</p>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 19:20:00 +0200Ceremonies marking Polish Veterans' Day start in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceremonies-marking-polish-veterans-day-start-in-warsaw-2010<p>President Andrzej Duda, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and the head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression Jan Kasprzyk are taking part in the official ceremonies marking the Polish Independence Struggle Veterans' Day on Saturday.</p>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 18:41:00 +0200September 1, 1944. Location: Saski Gardenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/september-1-1944-location-saski-garden-129-129-129-129-129<p>Germans recognise AK troops as enemy combatants while some Polish fighters make daring escape through enemy lines.</p>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 17:00:00 +0200To Arms: In an exclusive interview Uprising veteran Alina Matuszewska recalls joining the ranks of the Home Army and her first missionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/to-arms-in-an-exclusive-interview-uprising-veteran-alina-matuszewska-recalls-joining-the-ranks-of-the-home-army-and-her-first-mission-133-133-133-133<p>On September 1st, 1939 Alina, who was only 12 at the time, was on vacation with her family in Obrocz near Zwierzyniec in south-east Poland. During the first days of war she witnessed the movement of Polish, German and finally Russian troops, the flight of disoriented civilians and the final capitulation.</p><p>Ms. Matuszewska still remembers the sight at the Three Crosses Square that welcomed her when at last they managed to reach Warsaw by bus in mid-October:</p><p>“Back then on Three Crosses Square the buildings were still standing, not like after the [Warsaw] Uprising. The houses were standing, but the whole square was covered with graves. (…) There were lawns around the church and all of them were covered with the graves of people who died in 1939.”</p><p>After the Germans barred the Polish education system, Poles, fully aware they were risking their lives, started organising their own secret schools and lessons. Ms. Matuszewska and her younger brother attended such courses.</p><p>“From the school year 1940/41 there were clandestine lessons. (…) It worked like this, that the schools were closed, so we had classes in private apartments.</p><p>“Different teachers would come, history, mathematics and so on. And groups of pupils would go through the school material. As I remember, there was absolutely no light treatment. We had to study hard. Throughout the occupation the mood was such--after all no one told us—that we all wanted to learn. Even though we didn’t have to attend school. And the level was quite high”.</p><p>In 1942, Ms. Matuszewska joined the underground movement, first as a scout, then in the far-right Szaniec Group and finally as part of the Home Army. In 1944, she fought in the Warsaw Uprising.</p><p>In the interview, she mentions the sense of obligation and the patriotic spirit of the youth, but also a certain naivety they had, especially when it came to the political ramifications of their actions.</p><p>“The rule of conspiracy was that everyone should know as little as possible, in case of a blunder or arrest. Because you never know who is resilient to torture, right? So that we wouldn’t betray each other, there were the so-called ‘fives’.</p><p>“I knew only five people, even though it was a big organization. Among my friends everyone was in a different environment, so we didn’t know who was in which organisation.”</p><p>Ms. Matuszewska vividly remembers her first “mission”, after joining the scouts: “They wanted to test me, to see if I was suitable or not. So first I made pledge and then they told me to deliver a package to the Praga district. They told me it was a very important package, gave me the address of an apartment, told me the password and so on. I was very excited. I felt like such an important soldier.</p><p>“I had to go from the city centre to Praga over the Poniatowski bridge. When I was on the bridge, the Germans conducted a round-up. They barred both sides of the bridge and told everyone to get off the tram. I had that package and wanted very badly to die for my country.</p><p>“First I considered leaving the package under the bench. But then I thought, since Germans were using collective responsibility, if they find my package they would shoot everyone. So I took the package under my arm, got off the tram and stood in a line as the Germans told us to.</p><p>“They were asking questions and checking our documents. When they came to me, they asked what was in the package. I was playing stupid, so the German grabbed the package, ripped the paper off and inside there was a brick. He cursed badly and let me go.</p><p>“I was very upset, after all here I was ready to fight for my country and they gave me a brick. I reached the apartment in Praga. A nice old lady opened the door and angrily I told her off, and said I wanted nothing to do with the scouts”.</p><p>But the rocky start to her clandestine career didn’t stop Ms. Matuszewska. Before the Warsaw Uprising’s started she served in the Żoliborz district intelligence, not as an agent, but carrying information, and by August 1944, she was a courier for the Home Army.</p>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 15:02:00 +0200Let us make Westerplatte place of concord - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/let-us-make-westerplatte-place-of-concord---pm-2006<p>"From Westerplatte, I'm calling on all my compatriots - those who support us and our opponents - to walk together in the Independence March on November 11, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at observances of the 79th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.</p>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 13:54:00 +0200Getting plastered: Łodź tenement gets stunning makeover from fantasy inspired artisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-plastered-lodz-tenement-gets-stunning-makeover-from-fantasy-inspired-artist-2003<p>A tenement house in Łodź, in central Poland, has received a special facelift, with a fantasy-inspired painting by Polish artist Wojciech Siudmak transposed onto its façade. Combining urban revitalisation and art, the new façade is part of efforts to make neglected parts of Łódź more attractive to residents and visitors alike.</p>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 12:09:00 +0200Slovakian Invasion: the long forgotten story of how Slovak troops helped Hitler defeat Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/slovakian-invasion-the-long-forgotten-story-of-how-slovak-troops-helped-hitler-defeat-poland-1997<p>On September 1, 1939 as German air, land and sea forces brought death and destruction to Poland, the country also faced another invading force. As the Poles fought the Nazis in the west, thousands of Slovak troops crossed the southern border.</p>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 09:31:00 +0200War reparations team presents initial loss estimateshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/war-reparations-team-presents-initial-loss-estimates-2000<p>A team set up at the Polish parliament's lower house (Sejm) to evaluate the country's war losses with a view to claiming reparations from Germany presented its preliminary calculations on Friday.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 20:44:00 +0200250 per cent increase in Israeli applications for Polish citizenshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/250-per-cent-increase-in-israeli-applications-for-polish-citizenship-1996<p>There has been a significant increase in the number of Israelis seeking Polish citizenship in recent years. According to data published by the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv, a 250 per cent increase in Israeli requests for Polish citizenship and passports was recorded between 2015-2017.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 17:59:00 +0200Race to the top: runner Marcin Świerc triumphs in Francehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/race-to-the-top-runner-marcin-swierc-triumphs-in-france-1995<p>Marcin Świerc triumphed in the extreme mountain race “Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie” (TDS), in 13 hours 24 minutes.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:42:00 +0200PM praises 1980 August Agreements as a victory for freedomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-1980-august-agreements-as-a-victory-for-freedom-1994<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that the signing of the 1980 August Agreements between the then communist government and the opposition movement, was a victory for unity and the fighting spirit.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:24:00 +0200August 31, 1944. Location: Krasiński Squarehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-31-1944-location-krasinski-square-127-127-127-127-127<p>In what will become one of the bloodiest days of the Warsaw Uprising, the Home Army soldiers are in a race against time to escape the Old Town.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:15:00 +0200Poland: the land of milk and lagerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-the-land-of-milk-and-lager-1993<p>An average EU citizen consumes 76 litres of beer per year, of which 7.8 litres is downed in Poland. Poland is a leading producer of beer – its exports have been steadily increasing over the years.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:09:00 +0200Representatives of Polish gov't pay homage to Senator McCainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/representatives-of-polish-govt-pay-homage-to-senator-mccain-1992<p>Representatives of President Andrzej Duda and the Polish government contributed to a book of condolence for Senator John McCain at the USA Embassy in Warsaw, the embassy said on Friday.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:08:00 +0200Penderecki festival to be held in Warsaw in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/penderecki-festival-to-be-held-in-warsaw-in-november-1991<p>Nine concerts will comprise the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival to be held in Warsaw on November 16-23, which will serve to celebrate the artist's 85th birthday.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 11:47:00 +0200The Gdańsk Agreement: the moment Polish shipyard workers took power from the statehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-gdansk-agreement-the-moment-polish-dockworkers-took-power-from-the-state-1990<p>The signing of the Gdańsk Agreement will forever remain one of the glorious moments of Polish history, a triumph (however fleeting) of popular will over the machine of the state.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 11:02:00 +0200Seven new Polish Righteous awarded in Gdańskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seven-new-polish-righteous-awarded-in-gdansk-1987<p>Seven Poles who saved Jews from the Holocaust in World War II received posthumous Righteous Among the Nations medals on Thursday at the Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.</p>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:06:00 +0200International music competition dedicated to Polish composerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-music-competition-dedicated-to-polish-composer-1985<p>The 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition has attracted 120 submissions and 100 musical compositions. The festival will be held in Katowice (southern Poland) on 10-23 September.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 20:50:00 +0200US pianist Garrick Ohlsson awarded Gloria Artis gold medalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-pianist-garrick-ohlsson-awarded-gloria-artis-gold-medal-1983<p>Polish Deputy Culture Minister Wanda Zwinogrodzka awarded the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural merit to American pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:24:00 +0200Poland moving towards greater “social solidarity” says reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-moving-towards-greater-social-solidarity-says-report-1981<p>A new report claims that Poland is moving towards greater solidarity owing to the government' tax-spending mix.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 18:00:00 +0200German economy minister to visit Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-economy-minister-to-visit-poland-1979<p>German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier is to call on Poland next Wednesday, German daily Die Welt reported on Thursday. The purpose is to discuss with the Polish government joint investments in the production of batteries for electric cars.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:08:00 +0200Being Lech Majewskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/being-lech-majewski-1976<p>Lech Majewski’s films have little to do with commercial cinema. They are artistic, poetic – even metaphysical. Yet, somehow, the Polish film director has a knack for convincing the biggest film stars in the world to take part in his extraordinary projects.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:41:00 +0200August 30, 1944. Location: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-30-1944-location-old-town-125-125<p>The Home Army decides to launch a series of attacks to secure a land bridge between the Old Town and the Centre. Their efforts take them underground.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:23:00 +0200French journalist Bernard Margueritte on the strikes that brought down a regimehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-journalist-bernard-margueritte-on-the-strikes-that-brought-down-a-regime-1973<p>In an interview with The First News, the French journalist, Bernard Margueritte, reflects on the time he spent with striking workers in the Gdańsk Shipyard ahead of the historic Gdańsk Agreement.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:45:00 +0200French journalist Bernard Margueritte on the strikes that brought down a regimehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/french-journalist-bernard-margueritte-on-the-strikes-that-brought-down-a-regime-122-122-122-122<p>In an interview with The First News, the French journalist, Bernard Margueritte, reflects on the time he spent with striking workers in the Gdańsk Shipyard ahead of the historic Gdańsk Agreement.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:38:00 +0200Polish firm to supply new technology to US bio-refineryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-to-supply-new-technology-to-us-bio-refinery-1972<p>The Biotechnika company in Łódź, central Poland, will supply self-developed innovative technology to a new-build bio-refinery in North Dakota, USA, in a deal worth over USD 80 million.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:08:00 +0200Barge that sailed in the times of Christopher Columbus pulled up from the deephttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/barge-that-sailed-in-the-times-of-christopher-columbus-pulled-up-from-the-deep-1968<p>Archaeological digs are underway to excavate a giant medieval barge that carried goods down the Vistula in the 15th Century. Conservation will take 8 years before the vessel is put on display.</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:35:00 +0200Polish organic food producers' offer showcased in Copenhagenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-organic-food-producers-offer-showcased-in-copenhagen-1965<p>Polish-made organic goat cheese, jams and honey will be presented at the prestigious Bite Copenhagen food fair organised by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency's (PAIH) local office in the Danish capital</p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:29:00 +0200Mordor? Or how this band managed to find their way out of the corporate worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mordor-or-how-this-band-managed-to-find-their-way-out-of-the-corporate-world-1958<p>A new trend in corporate music is starting to take stock of the enormous social changes the country has seen.</p>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 19:00:00 +0200Polish astronomer recognised for shining light on galaxieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-astronomer-recognised-for-shining-light-on-galaxies-1953<p>Professor Udalski has won esteem for his ground-breaking work in time-domain astronomy.</p>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 16:47:00 +0200August 29, 1944. Location: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-29-1944-location-old-town-120-120-120<p>In today’s short video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney talks about the heavy loses on both sides of the fighting.</p>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:40:00 +0200The desperate final days of the Łódź ghettohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-desperate-final-days-of-the-lodz-ghetto-1950<p>Łódź today is known for its post-industrial decline, football hooliganism and the Festival of Four Cultures -- celebrating the city’s Polish, Jewish, German and Russian heritage. But it was 74 years ago to the day that multicultural Łódź came to an end when the last train transport of Jews left for Auschwitz-Birkenau.</p>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:02:00 +0200New life along the Polish-German borderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-life-along-the-polish-german-border-1943<p>The German-Polish border has always seen people crossing over for cheaper goods and services. Full of barbers, florists and cafes, the Polish side has drawn over German customers keen on saving a euro or two.</p>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:48:00 +0200Two Polish products receive EU quality logoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-products-receive-eu-quality-logos-1941<p>Polish local products Krakowska sausage and Galician garlic have received the EU origin and quality logo. So far, forty Polish products have been added to the EU register, the Ministry of Agriculture has told PAP.</p>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:08:00 +0200Polish and US Presidents to meet on September 18 in Washington DChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-us-presidents-to-meet-on-september-18-in-washington-dc-1939<p>US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will welcome President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda in Washington on September 18, the White House said on Tuesday. This will be President Duda's first official visit to the White House.</p>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 09:56:00 +0200“It’s a dream come true!” Polish actor says he’s thrilled to play Polański in new Tarantino film. So who is Rafał Zawierucha?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-dream-come-true-polish-actor-chosen-for-new-tarantino-film-says-hes-thrilled-to-play-young-roman-polanski-so-who-is-rafal-zawierucha-1935<p>Inexperience doesn't matter when it comes to Tarantino, as his choice of &nbsp;up-comers Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz and Daniel Brühl in Inglourious Basterds showed.</p>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 18:49:00 +0200August 28, 1944. Location: Polish Security Printing Workshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-28-1944-location-polish-security-printing-works-118<p>In today’s short video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney tells of the fate of a single doctor who cared for the injured at the Polish Security Printing Works.</p>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 16:21:00 +0200Flying high: As Poland marks its Aviation Day, TFN looks back at the Polish contribution to flighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flying-high-as-poland-marks-its-aviation-day-tfn-looks-back-at-the-polish-contribution-to-flight-1932<p>Polish aviation has come a long way since Bronisław Głowiński chugged through the skies in the first Polish-made powered aircraft back in the dim and distant days of 1911.</p>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:55:00 +0200Plaque commemorating Isaac Bashevis Singer unveiled in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plaque-commemorating-isaac-bashevis-singer-unveiled-in-warsaw-1930<p>A plaque commemorating Polish-born Jewish writer and Nobel Prize laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer was unveiled on Krochmalna Street in Warsaw, where Singer lived with his family 110 years ago.</p>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:26:00 +0200Storks’ early flight leaves watchers in a flaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/storks-early-flight-leaves-watchers-in-a-flap-1929<p>The white eagle may be the symbol of Polish nationhood, but it is the white stork that holds the true hearts of Poles.</p>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:16:00 +0200Former COP presidents to support Polish presidencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-cop-presidents-to-support-polish-presidency-1927<p>The Council of Presidents of the Conference of the Parties (COP) was inaugurated during a meeting of the French Constitutional Council, held on the initiative of Polish deputy Environment Minister and the future COP24 climate summit president Michał Kurtyka.</p>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:16:00 +0200Poland’s Sahara, the Błędów desert, is a ‘marvel of nature’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-sahara-the-bledow-desert-is-a-marvel-of-nature-1926<p>Poland is known as a land of contradictions and that also applies to its geography.</p>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:07:00 +0200Poland supports Germany's motion to join Three Seas as partner countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-germanys-motion-to-join-three-seas-as-partner-country-1925<p>Polish President's aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP on Tuesday that Poland "has supported Germany's motion to join the Three Seas Initiative as a partner country."</p>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:56:00 +0200Record Breakers! Para athletes power to glory with incredible 61 medals in European Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-breakers-para-athletes-power-to-glory-with-incredible-61-medals-in-european-championships-1922<p>Polish para athletes have returned victorious from the 2018 World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin with their record-breaking 61-medal-win.</p>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 18:38:00 +0200August 27, 1944. Location: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-27-1944-location-old-town-115-115-115-115-115-115<p>As fighting intensifies in Warsaw’s Old Town, British vlogger Patrick Ney reveals how the Polish Underground sent in their specialist execution squad.</p>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:57:00 +0200Dzień dobry: New US ambassador to Poland, former cosmetics CEO Georgette Mosbacher, says hello on YouTubehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dzien-dobry-new-us-ambassador-to-poland-former-cosmetics-ceo-georgette-moshbar-says-hello-on-youtube-1919<p>Warsaw is preparing to welcome Georgette Mosbacher, a businesswoman who made her name in cosmetics, as US ambassador to Poland.</p>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 15:46:00 +0200Warsaw hosts Ukrainian Independence Day celebrationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-hosts-ukrainian-independence-day-celebrations-1918<p>Ukrainians living in Warsaw gathered to celebrate their country’s Independence Day this weekend, marking 27 years since Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union on 24 August 1991.</p>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 15:11:00 +0200Poland wins six medals at Montemor world canoeing championshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-six-medals-at-montemor-world-canoeing-championship-1917<p>Poland won three silver medals and three bronze ones at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championship 2018, which ended in Montemor o Velho, Portugal, on Sunday.</p>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:02:00 +0200Poland thrash Canada, France and Russia in ‘tense friendly’ ahead of World Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-thrash-canada-france-and-russia-in-tense-friendly-ahead-of-world-championships-1914<p>Poland volley-slammed their way to victory this weekend beating Canada, France and Russia in the XVI Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner volleyball championships.</p>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 13:42:00 +0200Poznań vies for Smart Tourism titlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-vies-for-smart-tourism-title-1912<p>Poznań in western Poland is among ten cities competing for the EC's European Capital of Smart Tourism title. The contest showcases smart tourism solutions in the areas of sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation, as well as cultural heritage and creativity.</p>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 12:52:00 +0200The Pearls Of Puławyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-pearls-of-pulawy-1905<p>Not a huge deal has been written about Puławy, and what has hasn’t been too kind. For instance, one of the travel tomes I keep to whack spiders dismisses it as, and I quote, “a featureless, medium-sized industrial centre with seemingly little going for it.” Yikes, as indictments go you’d call that pretty damning. And true, reaching poor Puławy you wouldn’t be the first to question why you’re even there.</p>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 19:56:00 +0200Litzmannstadt Ghetto girl on special mural in Łódźhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/litzmannstadt-ghetto-girl-on-special-mural-in-lodz-1903<p>A commemorative mural showing a Jewish girl in the World War II Litzmannstadt Ghetto in Łódź, central Poland was unveiled on one of the city's buildings on Sunday. The girl's figure was reproduced from an old photograph, her identity and later fate are unknown.</p>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 19:11:00 +0200Pablo Picasso's ceramics given to The National Museum in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/pablo-picassos-ceramics-given-to-the-national-museum-in-warsaw-31<p>Pablo Picasso, famous Spanish painter, during his stay in Poland in 1948, donated as a gift to The National Museum in Warsaw, some of his recently made ceramics. </p>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 18:51:00 +0200August 26, 1944. Location: Freta 16 Street / Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-26-1944-location-freta-16-street--old-town-111-111-111<p>As the battles goes people of all backgrounds join the fight Warsaw's freedom with as many as 18 nationalities represented in the Home Army's ranks.</p>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 17:11:00 +0200Polish President, PM, politicians pay homage to Senator McCainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-politicians-pay-homage-to-senator-mccain-1901<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda, PM Mateusz Morawiecki and leading politicians on Sunday paid homage to US Senator John McCain, a known advocate of US military aid to Poland, Central-East Europe and the Baltic States.</p>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 15:34:00 +0200Pablo hits Poland: the story behind Picasso’s Polish visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pablo-hits-poland-the-story-behind-picassos-polish-visit-1896<p>Not many people know it but Pablo Picasso once came to Poland.</p>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 13:48:00 +0200TFN profiles Joanna Rajkowska: the artist behind Warsaw’s famous palm treehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tfn-profiles-joanna-rajkowska-the-artist-behind-warsaws-famous-palm-tree-1892<p>Anybody familiar with Warsaw will be familiar with the palm tree. Standing in the centre of a main intersection and now part of the city’s folk-lore, the tree is perhaps the most famous work by Joanna Rajkowska, but there is much more to the artist than just artificial foliage.</p>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 11:18:00 +0200August 25, 1944. Location: Nowy Rynekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-25-1944-location-nowy-rynek-109-109-109<p>As battle rages the Home Army commanders have to take the decision to take the decision to evacuate the Old Town. Its defenders will have to take to the sewers but which way will they go.</p>Sat, 25 Aug 2018 15:50:00 +0200Presidia of Polish and Czech lower chambers to meet in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidia-of-polish-and-czech-lower-chambers-to-meet-in-poland-1889<p>A joint meeting of the presidia of the Polish Sejm (lower house) and Czech Chamber of Deputies will take place in the Polish Baltic Sea resort of Jurata on August 29, director of the Sejm Information Center (CIS), Andrzej Grzegrzółka, has told PAP.</p>Sat, 25 Aug 2018 15:28:00 +0200Warsaw’s famed poster museum hits 50https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-famed-poster-museum-hits-50-1886<p>Tucked away behind the former royal riding arena in the park of the King Jan Sobieski’s baroque palace complex in Wilanów is a modernist building that has become a true Mecca for lovers of poster art.</p>Sat, 25 Aug 2018 15:23:00 +0200Un-forgetting Maria Hirszbein: Poland’s first female film producer was ‘pioneering and trailblazing’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/un-forgetting-maria-hirszbein-polands-first-female-film-producer-was-pioneering-and-trailblazing-1882<p>She was a pioneering figure in Polish film. The first female film producer, her work spanned different genres as she blazed her way through the male-dominated pre-war film industry.</p>Sat, 25 Aug 2018 14:20:00 +0200Polish cinematographer to get lifetime achievement awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-cinematographer-to-get-lifetime-achievement-award-1878<p>The Polish cinematographer Witold Sobociński is set to receive the Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of a body of work that has seen him collaborate with directors like Wajda, Szulkin and Polański.</p>Sat, 25 Aug 2018 11:46:00 +0200Sci-fi dad makes robot models out of scrap metal - and the results are stunninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sci-fi-dad-makes-robot-models-out-of-scrap-metal---and-the-results-are-stunning-1875<p>From his workshop in south-western Poland, Sebastian Kucharski makes robots out of scrap metal.</p>Sat, 25 Aug 2018 11:25:00 +0200Jewish culture festival opens in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-culture-festival-opens-in-warsaw-1873<p>The 15th 'Singer's Warsaw' Jewish Culture Festival started in the Polish capital on Saturday with events dedicated to the Warsaw Ghetto poet Władysław Szlengl. The festival will run until September 2.</p>Sat, 25 Aug 2018 11:15:00 +0200Top Guns fly in to show off their breath-taking pilot skills at the Radom air showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-guns-to-show-off-their-breath-taking-pilot-skills-at-the-radom-air-show-1871<p>One of the biggest air shows in Europe takes off in Poland Saturday (August 25<sup>th</sup>).</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 20:59:00 +0200Feliks Topolski: The man who drew the 20th centuryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feliks-topolski-the-man-who-drew-the-20th-century-1865<p>By the time WWII broke out in 1939, the 32-year-old Topolski had already made a name for himself.</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:51:00 +0200Polish economy in good condition - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-in-good-condition---pm-1864<p>The Polish economy is finding itself in better and better condition; we have been developing in a balanced way, PM Mateusz Morawiecki has told PAP.</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:38:00 +0200August 24, 1944. Location: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-24-1944-location-old-town-108-108-108-108<p>In today’s short video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney looks at a tale of two cities - Paris and Warsaw. As the former is liberated without hardly a shot being fired, the fighting in the latter rages on. And whereas after the war, Paris enjoyed all the freedoms of the west, Warsaw found itself victim to Stalin’s brutal dictatorship.</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:14:00 +0200Polish student wins award at film festival in Mexicohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-student-wins-award-at-film-festival-in-mexico-1863<p>The Casting, a diploma film directed by Gdynia Film School graduate Katarzyna Iskra, won the Grand Prix award at the 14th International Film Festival in Monterrey, Mexico, Gdynia Film School's press office announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:07:00 +0200Four Poles granted Righteous Among the Nations medalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-poles-granted-righteous-among-the-nations-medals-1861<p>Four Polish women have been awarded the Righteous Among the Nations of the World medals and honorary diplomas for helping a Jew during WWII. Three of them were granted the distinction posthumously.</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:25:00 +0200Jolly ball: Friendly volley ball is no laughing matter for Poland – they plan to winhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jolly-ball-friendly-volley-ball-is-no-laughing-matter-for-poland--they-plan-to-win-1859<p>For the next three days the Tauron Arena in Kraków will host one of the most prestigious, yet friendly international volleyball tournaments – the XVI Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner.</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:03:00 +0200President: Poland supports Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integrationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-poland-supports-ukraines-euro-atlantic-integration-1857<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda declared that "Poland will continue to support the consolidation of Ukraine's relations with the EU and NATO, as well as its ambitious reforms, which have been bringing the country closer to western standards."</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 12:28:00 +0200Writer/director Shmuel Atzmon chats to TFN on the eve of the Jewish Singers’ Warsaw Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/writerdirector-shmuel-atzmon-chats-to-tfn-on-the-eve-of-the-jewish-singers-warsaw-festival-1855<p>Born in Biłgoraj, eastern Poland, Shmuel Atzmon emigrated to Israel in 1948 after surviving the Holocaust where he became a prominent actor and director at the Israeli National Theatre ‘Habima’. In 1987 he founded the Jewish Theatre ‘ Yiddishpiel’ where for many years he was its director and artistic manager.</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 11:38:00 +0200More people visiting Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-people-visiting-warsaw-1853<p>The number of people visiting Poland's capital in 2017 exceeded 25 million, the Warsaw Tourist Office has announced. A report by the office shows that foreigners visiting Warsaw come chiefly from Germany, America and Great Britain.</p>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 10:18:00 +0200Facelift gives new lease of life to Warsaw’s post-war architecturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facelift-gives-new-lease-of-life-to-warsaws-brutalist-postwar-architecture-1845<p>This week saw Warsaw’s Hotel MDM get a facelift. A communist-era monolith, it had become a decrepit reminder of a darker past, at odds with its place in a modern, vibrant and forward-looking capital city.</p>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 20:20:00 +0200Michał Elwiro Andriolli: The man whose art brought Poland’s most famous poem to lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/michal-elwiro-andriolli-the-man-whose-art-brought-polands-most-famous-poem-to-life-1847<p>For many Poles the illustrations of Michał Elwiro Andriolli encapsulate the perfect image of an ideal Poland.</p>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:40:00 +0200A strong Poland means a stronger America, US ambassador-designate sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-strong-poland-means-a-stronger-america-us-ambassador-designate-says-1843<p>Poland and the US have been friends and allies for over 240 years, designated US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said on Thursday in an online videotaped statement. Mosbacher said that a strong and safe Poland meant a stronger America.</p>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:34:00 +0200Writers in arms: TFN talks to the award-winning leading lights of Polish literature Ewa Winnicka and Cezary Łazarewiczhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/writers-in-arms-tfn-talks-to-the-award-winning-leading-lights-of-polish-literature-ewa-winnicka-and-cezary-lazarewicz-1842<p>Tradition dictates that writing should be solitary and lonely profession, but when you have two award-winning writers, plus a couple of children, living under one roof there is little room or time for solitude.</p>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:07:00 +0200August 23, 1944. Location: Krakowskie Przedmieściehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-23-1944-location-krakowskie-przedmiescie-106-106-106-106<p>With the odds stacked against them, Polish insurgents continue their fight to free Warsaw with some surprising results. In today’s short video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney recounts two extraordinary acts of bravery as the besieged Poles go on the offensive.</p>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:24:00 +0200Polish, Russian experts to study Smolensk plane wreckagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-russian-experts-to-study-smolensk-plane-wreckage-1839<p>The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced on Thursday that Russian and Polish investigators will carry out an additional examination of parts of the Polish Tu-154M plane which crashed in 2010 in the Smolensk air disaster.</p>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:07:00 +0200Digging deep: Cooking pots reveal how ancient megacity died out because of climate changehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/digging-deep-cooking-pots-reveal-how-ancient-megacity-died-out-because-of-climate-change-1837<p>Polish archaeologists have discovered how one of the world’s first megacities came to a sticky end, by studying the inhabitants’ dirty pots.</p>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 12:17:00 +0200More than a million tourists visit Polish salt minehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-a-million-tourists-visit-polish-salt-mine-1835<p>Over a million tourists have already visited the Wieliczka salt mine in southern Poland, during the first seven months of this year, the mine’s management told PAP on Wednesday. Salt mine officials expect another attendance record to be broken in December.</p><p><br></p>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 09:15:00 +0200Polish students win architectural competition in Valenciahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-win-architectural-competition-in-valencia-1834<p>Students of the Faculty of Architecture of the Silesian University of Technology (PŚ) in Gliwice, southern Poland, took first and second place in the international architectural competition #ValenciaCall for the design of social housing in Valencia.</p>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 20:52:00 +0200Employers appeal to gov't to make it easier to hire foreignershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/employers-appeal-to-govt-to-make-it-easier-to-hire-foreigners-1833<p>Polish employer organisations on Wednesday appealed to Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska and Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz to make it easier for foreigners to stay and work in Poland.</p>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 20:46:00 +0200The future’s bright, the future’s Poland, says leading retail real estate companyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-futures-bright-the-futures-poland-says-leading-retail-real-estate-company-1823<p>Poland’s astronomical rise to economic powerhouse in just under three decades has made it a key emerging market for investors.</p>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 20:19:00 +0200British singer Tom Odell to perform at summer festival in Poznańhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-singer-tom-odell-to-perform-at-summer-festival-in-poznan-1832<p>The city of Poznań (western Poland) will host top British star Tom Odell at the Late Summer Festival. The event will kick off on September 1.</p>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 18:29:00 +0200Eeeeasy shopping: E-commerce has never had it so good, says reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eeeeasy-shopping-e-commerce-has-never-had-it-so-good-says-report-1829<p>Online shopping in Poland has rocketed, new report shows.</p>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 18:06:00 +0200August 22, 1944. Location: Konwiktorska Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-22-1944-location-konwiktorska-street-105-105-105-105-105-105<p>A lack of weapons begins to take its toll as the outnumbered Polish resistance fighters find themselves being beaten back by the heavily-armed German troops. British vlogger Patrick Ney continues his short series of daily videos about the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:37:00 +0200Kraków leapfrogs Amsterdam to become Brits’ favourite short break destinationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-leapfrogs-amsterdam-to-become-brits-favourite-short-break-destination-1825<p>From romantic weekends to wild stag-dos the city of Kraków has become the favourite destination of Britons looking for a short city break.</p>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:23:00 +0200President Andrzej Duda begins official visit to New Zealandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-andrzej-duda-begins-official-visit-to-new-zealand-1819<p>The official visit of the Polish presidential couple to New Zealand began before noon local time on Wednesday.</p><article><br></article>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 11:47:00 +0200Black hole huntinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/black-hole-hunting-1821<p>Scientists from Poland and Lithuania are embarking on a mission to track down black holes dotted around the Galaxy.</p>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 10:35:00 +0200Guatemalan banknotes to be produced in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/guatemalan-banknotes-to-be-produced-in-poland-1817<p>The Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) have signed a contract with Banco de Guatemala for the production of five and 10 quetzales banknotes. Production will start this year, the company announced.</p>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 09:26:00 +0200Maurycy Gomulicki: Paradise found in tats’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/maurycy-gomulicki-paradise-found-in-tats-1815<p>Visitors to Warsaw have a chance to delve into the world of Maurycy Gomulicki, one of Poland’s most multi-talented visual artists, and explore the fruits of his labour and his 11-year-long journey into cultural anthropology.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 21:54:00 +0200Three Polish nominees for European Film Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-polish-nominees-for-european-film-award-1813<p>The Polish productions Cold War (Polish: Zimna wojna) by Paweł Pawlikowski, Fugue (Fuga) by Agnieszka Smoczyńska and The Face (Twarz) by Małgorzata Szumowska are among 49 nominees for this year's European Film Award.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:17:00 +0200Maurycy Gomulicki talks about his exhibition "Tats" at Zachętahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/maurycy-gomulicki-talks-about-his-exhibition-tats-at-zacheta-102-102-102-102<p>In an exclusive interview for The First News Maurycy Gomulicki, one of Poland’s most multi-talented visual artists, talks about his work on the project.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:41:00 +0200Viral IT girl uses her talents to boost Pakistan’s tourismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/viral-it-girl-uses-her-talents-to-boost-pakistan-1812<p>Eva Zu Beck has certainly taken the path less-traveled. Polish-born, Oxford educated, she had a stint in the European Parliament, before turning her hand to building a social media tourism empire.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 16:03:00 +0200Polish communes get almost EUR 7 mln from EU for renovation workshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-communes-get-almost-eur-7-mln-from-eu-for-renovation-works-1810<p>Warsaw's suburban municipalities, such as Żyrardów, Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Maków Mazowiecki and Błonie (central Poland) have received over PLN 27.2 mln (EUR 6.3 mln) of EU funds in the scope of the Regional Operational Programme of Mazowieckie province.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:44:00 +0200August 21, 1944. Location: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-21-1944-location-old-town-100-100-100-100-100<p>In today’s short video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney tells the astonishing story of a nurse who was rescued from certain death by a German soldier as SS units went on a killing spree at the hospital where she was looking after the sick and wounded.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:22:00 +0200Sejm marks 50th Prague Spring pacification anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-marks-50th-prague-spring-pacification-anniversary-1809<p>The Polish Sejm (lower house) on Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact forces to halt reforms introduced by the country's then leader Alexander Dubcek.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:12:00 +0200President opens Polish trade agency's office in Sydneyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-opens-polish-trade-agencys-office-in-sydney-1808<p>A country which closes down its agencies around the world, regresses, a country which opens them, makes progress, said Polish President Andrzej Duda during the official opening of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) office on Tuesday in Sydney.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:01:00 +0200Three Seas to establish 100bln euro fund to support investmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-seas-to-establish-100bln-euro-fund-to-support-investment-1806<p>Improving transport, infrastructure and energy links within Central and Eastern Europe, especially along the north-south axis, will take not only political will, but also money.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:04:00 +0200Gran-tastic: Granny stuns with her highspeed runshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gran-tastic-granny-stuns-with-her-highspeed-runs-1802<p>A 75-year-old grandmother has been dubbed the ‘fastest granny in the world’ after running 9km in less than an hour – and overtaking 5 horse-drawn carriages along the way.</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:21:00 +0200European award for Polish independence centennial composerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-award-for-polish-independence-centennial-composer-1800<p>Polish composer Agata Zubel, composer of a musicial piece commemorating Poland's independence centenary and performed by the European Union Youth Orchestra at Sunday's BBC Proms event in London's Royal Albert Hall, has received the European Award for Composers.</p>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:59:00 +0200Thought Poland’s rivers and seaside were just for sun and fun? Think again! They were once part of the biggest trade monopoly in northern Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thought-polands-rivers-and-seaside-were-just-for-sun-and-fun-think-again-they-were-once-part-of-the-biggest-trade-monopoly-in-northern-europe-1798<p>Travel the coastline and hinterland of Poland’s Baltic Sea and you soon start to recognise something a little strange.</p>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:41:00 +0200Industrial output is on a highhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/industrial-output-is-on-a-high-1796<p>Poland’s industrial production went up by 10.3 per cent in July compared with the same month last year, the country’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:12:00 +0200August 20, 1944. Location: Warsaw Gdansk railway stationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-20-1944-location-warsaw-gdansk-railway-station-97-97-97-97-97<p>As bitter fighting continues with heavy losses on both sides Polish resistance fighters get hold of a German soldier’s diary. Today’s short video on the Warsaw Uprising from British vlogger Patrick Ney.</p>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:24:00 +0200From gold to diamond: Athletes through to the Diamond League finalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-gold-to-diamond-athletes-through-to-the-diamond-league-finals-1788<p>Seven Poles have qualified for the Athletics Diamond League Finals, which will be held on August 30 – 31 in Zurich and Brussels.</p>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:18:00 +0200Etgar Keret, the master of storytelling, turns 51https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/etgar-keret-the-master-of-storytelling-turns-51-today-1789<p>When I first met Etgar Keret he made a surprising confession.</p>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:09:00 +0200Poland had pure intentions with its anti-defamation lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-had-pure-intentions-with-its-anti-defamation-law-1787<p>Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz declared in an interview with the Israeli newspaper "Israel Hayom" that Poland had pure intentions in connection with the amendment of the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).</p>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:57:00 +0200Polish industrial production up in Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-production-up-in-july-1785<p>Industrial output rose by 10.3 percent year on year in July 2018, after a 5.4 percent decrease year on year in June, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:24:00 +0200Awards for Poles who saved Jews handed out on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/awards-for-poles-who-saved-jews-handed-out-on-sunday-1783<p>Edward Mosberg awards for Poles who saved Jews during World War II were handed out in Warsaw on Sunday. This year the awards were granted for the third time, and most prominent among the recipients is Warsaw's World War II Deputy Mayor Julian Spitosław Kulski.</p>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:14:00 +0200Polish swimmers to mark Poland's independence centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-swimmers-to-mark-polands-independence-centenary-1780<p>Two Polish female swimmers want to mark Poland's independence centenary by swimming across the Catalina Canal between Los Angeles and Santa Catalina Island, a distance of at least 34 km.</p>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:08:00 +0200Trainspotting: The Secret Life of Warszawa Głównahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trainspotting-the-secret-life-of-warszawa-glowna-1777<p>In a word: incredible. All valleys and viaducts and rugged ravines, it’s a train journey that whistles past dense, deep forests and zigzagging roads, tumbling waterfalls and cross-beamed barns.</p>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:16:00 +0200President thanks Polish community in Australia for promoting Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-polish-community-in-australia-for-promoting-poland-1776<p>On the second day of his visit to Australia, President Andrzej Duda, during a Sunday meeting with representatives of the Polish community in Keysborough near Melbourne, thanked them for cultivating the Polish spirit and promoting the good image of Poland.</p>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:10:00 +0200British photographer captures stunning black and white candid portraits of Polish nightlifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-photographer-captures-stunning-black-and-white-candid-portraits-of-polish-nightlife-1772<p>Flick through photography magazines and one thing becomes immediately apparent - street portraits invariably focus on a fairly narrow aspect of society.</p>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:43:00 +0200August 19, 1944. Location: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-19-1944-location-old-town-94-94-94-94-94-94<p>Today, British vlogger Patrick Ney tells of an extraordinary meeting between a Polish resistance fighter and one of the SS’s Ukrainian units as he continues his series of short videos about the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:13:00 +0200Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart to narrate Holocaust video gamehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/star-treks-patrick-stewart-to-narrate-holocaust-video-game-1768<p>A Polish video game about the story of a meaningful friendship playing out against the backdrop of the Holocaust is set to debut October 9<sup>th</sup>.</p>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:39:00 +0200A new twist on the pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-new-twist-on-the-past-1763<p>For Robert Kuśmirowski the past can still challenge us, and that is why he re-creates it. From the Unabomber’s cabin in the woods, to a communist-era flat, they’ve have all been re-built in the artist’s quest to explore our relationship with history.</p>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:13:00 +0200The Sultan’s Harem Doctor: Extraordinary life of Polish woman adventurer in the Ottoman Empirehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-sutlans-harem-doctor-extraordinary-life-of-polish-woman-adventurer-in-the-ottoman-empire-1759<p>Born in 1798 and referred to as ‘Poland’s first female doctor’ by the few historians who have heard of her, it was her marriage at the age of 14 to German Lutheran doctor Dr. Jacob Halpir that was the Genesis of Regina Pilszytynowa’s wanderlust and sense of adventure.</p>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 20:02:00 +0200Polish defenders of Lviv honoured in Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-defenders-of-lviv-honoured-in-ukraine-1757<p>Poles who, 100 years ago, defended Lviv were honoured on Saturday at the Lviv Eaglets cemetery, where young the Polish defenders of the now Ukrainian city are buried.</p>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:38:00 +0200Orthodox Christians flock to holy mounthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orthodox-christians-flock-to-holy-mount-1756<p>This weekend, members of the Polish Orthodox Church – Poland’s largest religious minority – make their way to the Holy Mount of Grabarka in the east of the country. The annual pilgrimage marks one of the Church’s major feasts, the Transfiguration of Christ, which refers to the event in the New Testament in which Jesus was transfigured on a mountain.</p>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:18:00 +0200August 18, 1944. Location: City Centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-18-1944-location-city-centre-92-92-92<p>In British vlogger Patrick Ney’s latest video about the Warsaw Uprising, Stalin reveals his dark plans for post-war Poland as the head of Hitler’s SS in the capital invites the Polish resistance to join forces against the Soviets.</p>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 15:15:00 +0200Australian visit aimed to boost cooperation, meet compatriots - Presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/australian-visit-aimed-to-boost-cooperation-meet-compatriots---president-1755<p>President Andrzej Duda pointed out two reasons for his current visit to Australia - the desire to meet with compatriots living there and to develop international cooperation with the country.</p>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:56:00 +0200V4 countries launch Startup comp for budding entrepreneurshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-countries-launch-startup-comp-for-budding-entrepreneurs-1753<p>Visegrad countries are stepping up their game in the innovation and start-up sector, by looking to establish closer regional bonds and cooperation between newly launched companies and major corporations.</p>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:03:00 +0200Georgian dishes are all the rage in foody Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/georgian-dishes-are-all-the-rage-in-foody-warsaw-1749<p>Aubergines with walnut sauce, bean stews with parsley and coriander, roasted meats studded with pomegranate seeds: Georgian food has been making a name for itself in Poland.</p>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 12:23:00 +0200One of Poland’s richest women builds new art museum in stunning 12th century Swiss monasteryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-polands-richest-women-builds-new-art-museum-in-stunning-12th-century-swiss-monastery-1728<p>In the Engadin valley in Switzerland, somewhere between Davos and St Moritz, a museum is being built on the site of a 12<sup>th</sup> century monastery and a nearby brewery.</p>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 19:41:00 +0200Festival in Venice to screen film featuring Polish directorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/festival-in-venice-to-screen-film-featuring-polish-director-1747<p>Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski plays one of the main roles in the Italian film Una storia senza nome (A history without a name) by Roberto Ando. The production will be presented at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.</p>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:36:00 +0200Awards for Poles who saved Jews to be handed out on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/awards-for-poles-who-saved-jews-to-be-handed-out-on-sunday-1745<p>This year's Edward Mosberg awards for Poles who saved Jews during World War II will be handed out this Sunday, the event's organiser, From the Depths Foundation, has told PAP.</p>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:45:00 +0200August 17, 1944. Location: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-17-1944-location-old-town-90-90-90<p>In his series of short videos covering 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising, today British vlogger Patrick Ney looks at the ‘dirty bombs’ used by Hitler’s forces as the battle for Warsaw intensifies.</p>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:33:00 +0200Unbe-leaf-able: Twisted trees and a gorgeous Emerald lakehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unbe-leaf-able-twisted-trees-and-a-gorgeous-emerald-lake-1742<p>It would seem that the enigmatic abounds in the north-west of Poland, an area known better for its port city Szczecin and shifting historical borders.</p>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:51:00 +0200Fans Hip hop along to Kraków’s Live Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fans-hip-hop-along-to-krakows-live-festival-1726<p>Thousands of music fans have descended on Kraków to take part in the “Live Festival” which will take place August 17-18.</p>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:29:00 +0200High street madness as shoppers storm new Reserved store in Israelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/high-street-madness-as-shoppers-storm-new-reserved-store-in-israel-1722<p>The launch of the Polish clothing brand Reserved in Israel has ended in chaos, after a marketing gimmick to lure customers went awry, forcing the store’s early closure, Israel’s Haaretz has reported.</p>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:23:00 +0200August 16, 1944. Location: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-16-1944-location-old-town-88-88-88<p>As fighting intensifies, in today’s short video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney looks at the fate of some of those who stood up to the onslaught of Hitler’s fanatical troops.</p>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:08:00 +0200Polish films take part in international film festival in Montrealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-films-take-part-in-international-film-festival-in-montreal-1720<p>Polish productions, including Ułaskawienie (Pardon) by Jan Kolski and Odnajdę Cię (I will find you) by Beata Dzianowicz will be screened at the 42nd International Film Festival in Montreal, which is to start on August 23.</p>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:12:00 +0200Street art with a difference: Artist creates spectacular wall-art doilieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/street-art-with-a-difference-artist-creates-spectacular-wall-art-doilies-1716<p>A Polish woman is taking the street art world by storm with her astonishing murals of doilies.</p>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:00:00 +0200The Jews who fought back: 75 years ago today the Białystok Ghetto Uprising broke outhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-jews-who-fought-back-75-years-ago-today-the-bialystok-ghetto-uprising-broke-out-1714<p>It was a rebellion doomed from the onset and one that offered little or no chance of survival.</p>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:16:00 +0200President Duda rejects proposed changes to EP elections lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-rejects-proposed-changes-to-ep-elections-law-1713<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday vetoed a bill which would have changed the rules for elections to the European Parliament.</p>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:11:00 +0200Robopop: Students invent ukulele-playing robothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/robopop-students-invent-ukulele-playing-robot-1710<p>When sentient machines do finally take over the world and enslave humanity, at least the music at the party will be good.</p>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:23:00 +0200Two Polish universities appear in 'Shanghai List' int'l rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-universities-appear-in-shanghai-list-intl-ranking-1709<p>Two Polish universities, the University of Warsaw and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (southern Poland), have appeared on the prestigious 'Shanghai List' (ARWU) of the world's best 500 universities.</p>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:54:00 +0200Picture this: Photographer captures landscapes in stunning infrared shotshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picture-this-photographer-captures-landscapes-in-stunning-infrared-shots-1707<p>At first glance, they look like eerily perfect winter shots: trees laden with downy white leaves in a white field beneath a blue sky. Yet appearances can be misleading: Przemysław Kruk shot the landscapes in summer using infrared photography.</p>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:14:00 +0200Musical spectacle 'Freedom in the Blood' crowns Armed Forces Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/musical-spectacle-freedom-in-the-blood-crowns-armed-forces-day-1706<p>A musical spectacle entitled 'Freedom in the Blood', was performed on Warsaw's Piłsudski’s Square on Wednesday evening as culmination of the city's Armed Forces Day celebrations.</p>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:35:00 +0200PM's trip to Latvia underlines Poland's role in NATOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-trip-to-latvia-underlines-polands-role-in-nato-1705<p>Michał Dworczyk, who heads Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's office, said on Thursday that the PM's visit in Latvia on Wednesday underscores Poland's activity in NATO, especially its efforts to strengthen the alliance's eastern flank.</p>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:21:00 +0200Core Blimey! Poland is leader when it comes to EU apple exportshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/core-blimey-poland-is-leader-when-it-comes-to-eu-apple-exports-1703<p>The humble Polish apple is enjoying the year so far with a record harvest forecast, underlining the success of Poland’s apple sector that not only has become the biggest in the EU but also one of the biggest in the world.</p>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:16:00 +0200Celebrations of the Polish Army Day take place in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/celebrations-of-the-polish-army-day-take-place-in-warsaw-29<p>Poland’s August 15th celebrations for Armed Forces Day mark the country’s 1920 victory against advancing Russian Bolsheviks in the Battle of Warsaw. Over 100 airplanes and helicopters, more than 200 military vehicles and over 1,500 troops took part in the annual celebrations.</p>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:41:00 +0200August 15, 1944. Location: Powiśle / City Centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-15-1944-location-powisle--city-centre-86<p>In today’s video about the Warsaw Uprising, British blogger Patrick Ney looks at the desperate plight of the city’s starving civilians.</p>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:30:00 +0200The Edinburgh Polski-val: Polish talent heads to the Edinburgh Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-edinburgh-polski-val-polish-talent-heads-to-the-edinburgh-festival-1700<p>The world’s largest performing-arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival, has once again attracted a wealth of Polish performance groups to the Scottish capital.</p>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:18:00 +0200The Miracle on the Vistulahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-miracle-on-the-vistula-1698<p>One of the most overlooked but most important wars of the 20<sup>th</sup> century between the newly emerged Polish II Republic and Lenin’s fledgling Bolshevik regime reached a climax in August 1920 at the Battle of Warsaw.</p>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200Adventurer makes epic 80-day trek across Gobi Deserthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adventurer-makes-epic-80-day-trek-across-gobi-desert-1695<p>A Polish man has set off on an extraordinary 2.5-month trek across the Gobi Desert.</p>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:24:00 +0200August 14, 1944. Location: Citadel, Żoliborzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-14-1944-location-citadel-zoliborz-84<p>British vlogger Patrick Ney continues his series of short videos looking at 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising. In today’s Episode he goes back to the beginning of the war to explain what motivated the insurgents five years on.</p>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:34:00 +0200Polish fuel conglomerate announces plans for foreign expansionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fuel-conglomerate-announces-plans-for-foreign-expansion-1691<p>Poland's state-owned fuel conglomerate PKN Orlen on Tuesday announced plans to purchase new fuel stations abroad and expand its oil refinery in Lithuania.</p>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:44:00 +0200GDP up in Q2https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-up-in-q2-1684<p>Poland’s GDP in the second quarter has grown by 5.1 percent, making it one of the European Union’s strongest performing economies. The figure is a touch down from 5.2 percent growth in Q1 but when seasonally adjusted evens out at 5.0 percent annually.</p>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:50:00 +0200Polish Navy divers recover three WWII bombs from Baltic Seahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-navy-divers-recover-three-wwii-bombs-from-baltic-sea-1682<p>Polish Navy divers on Monday recovered three World War II aerial bombs from the Baltic Sea off Kołobrzeg (northwestern Poland).</p>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:21:00 +0200Gross-Rosen Museum under culture ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gross-rosen-museum-under-culture-ministry-1680<p>The Culture Ministry will join forces with local authorities in administrating the Gross-Rosen Museum on the site of the World War II Gross-Rosen Nazi-German death camp in southern Poland.</p>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:14:00 +0200Tasty result: Polish chef gets Michelin praisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1671<p>The Polish expat chef extraordinaire Damian Wawrzyniak has secured a mention in the Michelin Guide for his unique UK twist on Polish cuisine.</p>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:07:00 +0200‘Pop stars’ of classical music descend on Warsaw for 14th International Festival Chopin and His Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pop-stars-of-classical-music-descend-on-warsaw-for-14th-international-festival-chopin-and-his-europe-1664<p>In the days before pop, rock or even jazz, it was classical pianists that enjoyed global fame and adulation and at the dawn of the 20<sup>th</sup> century the biggest of these stars was Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941).</p>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:47:00 +0200Tourist board woos with starry skies, stunning sunsets and dreamlike forest pathshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tourist-board-woos-with-starry-skies-stunning-sunsets-and-dreamlike-forest-paths-1660<p>Addicted to your phone, burnt out, tired of urban life? Poland’s eastern region of Podlasie is courting weary city-dwellers with the promise of the great outdoors and a simpler way of life.</p>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:10:00 +0200The end: Harrowing account of the insurgents’ final dayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-end-harrowing-account-of-the-insurgents-final-days-82<p>In a disturbing account of the final stages of the Warsaw Uprising, Mrs Matuszewska recalled in her memoirs:&nbsp;</p><p>“Despite the worsening living conditions, the civilians were feeding us, putting out fires, building barricades, helping build underground passages, rescuing people from under ruined buildings. They risked their lives to give us some water.</p><p>“Once, after I crossed Marszałkowska street, I was running through an empty backyard somewhere between Śniadeckich street and the back of our house at 6 Sierpnia street and I saw a wounded soldier lying in a puddle full of blood. I tried to help him in spite of the ongoing shooting. He was badly wounded in the stomach and his gut was slopping out. I kept pushing them back in. He cried: ‘Don’t worry mummy, I’m sorry!’.&nbsp;</p><p>“I was holding and talking to him like a mother to a son, though I was only 17. His blood was all over me. I don’t know how long it lasted, but he died in the end. I reached our flat. When my dad opened the door, I started crying myself. He hugged me and then my parents put me in a bathtub, there was a bit of water on the bottom which they wanted to drink. My mom washed me with a sponge like a baby, cleaning the blood which wasn’t mine.</p><p>“Some other time when I was coming to my troop and got to Śniadeckich street I saw a bombed house. Some people were taking out those who were lying under the debris. I spotted a blond-haired soldier who couldn’t be taken out because his leg was crushed by a piece of concrete. He wanted to live, he begged for help. People around him were desperate and helpless, because they couldn’t move a thing.&nbsp;</p><p>“I realized that we had to cut off his leg, otherwise he would not survive. Somebody gave me a knife. I cut off his leg with a bone and he was taken to the ‘Future’ school at Śniadeckich street where the Order of Malta hospital was located. It was not anything unusual for a surgeon, but I still can’t believe that I did it.</p><p>“In the last days of the Uprising the Germans committed a lot of cruel murders: at Dworkowa street they shot 120 soldiers from the ‘Baszta’ battalion which fought in Mokotów. Among them was my aunt’s son – Witold Dziewałtowski-Gintowt ‘Toluś’.&nbsp;</p><p>“During the execution a German officer arrived on a motorbike and told his soldiers to stop saying that the Polish soldiers should be treated as an army according to the Geneva Convention. It was too late for my cousin… .</p><p>“After we left Warsaw, the Germans equipped in flame throwers robbed and burned empty houses in the centre. They also burnt our house which wasn’t ruined until the end of Uprising.</p><p>“Although the Uprising was a defeat every one of us will always be proud of having taken part in it. The names of all our friends who died in the Uprising are written on the Wall of Memory in the Uprising Museum’s Park of Liberty.”</p><p>Alina Matuszewska, nee Jasińska was born on January 14th, 1927 in Warsaw. She was only 12 when the Second World War broke out and quickly became part of the underground resistance movement against Nazi Germany. In August 1944, like many of her generation, she took up arms in the Warsaw Uprising.</p><p>Alina met her husband, Antoni Matuszewski, when his unit, the 1st Armoured Division under General Stanisław Maczek liberated the POW concentration camp in Oberlangen, where she was held. They got engaged 6 weeks after their first meeting, since Antoni was “tall and could drive his car just as fast backwards as forward.”&nbsp;</p><p>After the war the newlyweds decided to return to their homeland, fully aware it had been completely destroyed and under the influence of the Communists, who didn’t look kindly on the Home Army veterans. Ms. Matuszewska made her career in the banking sector, while &nbsp;Mr. Matuszewski worked in the National Bank’s administration and transport department and the Bookshop Storehouse. They had one daughter, Anna. Mr. Matuszewski passed away in 2005.</p>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:49:00 +0200Poland’s ‘tour de force’ wins the Tour de Polognehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-tour-de-force-wins-the-tour-de-pologne-1655<p>Poland’s Michał Kwiatkowski has won the 2018 Tour de Pologne, after a dramatic rain-drenched battle during the last, uphill stage of the competition.</p>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:56:00 +0200August 13, 1944. Kiliński Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-13-1944-kilinski-street-80<p>In today’s video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney describes how Hitler’s troops deploy dirty tricks against the embattled insurgents. </p>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:18:00 +0200Gold Rush: Poland finishes European Athletics Championships with yet another gold medalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1652<p>Poland took home another three medals in a nail biting final day of high drama at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin yesterday.</p>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:46:00 +0200Woman cycles 3,551 km around Poland and discovers its stunning natural beautyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/woman-cycles-3551-km-around-poland-and-discovers-its-stunning-natural-beauty-1646<p>Polish travel photographer and writer Anita Demianowicz has made a career off the back of her passion for adventure.</p>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:15:00 +0200Goshka Macugahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/goshka-macuga-1644<p>As an installation artist, the boundaries of what constitutes being an artist become blurred.</p>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 17:47:00 +0200August 12, 1944. Kiliński Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-12-1944-kilinski-street-78-78<p>As the insurgents continue to be pounded by aerial attacks British PM Winston Churchill implores Stalin to go to their aid. But the Soviet leader refuses, realising that they could be future resistance to his post-war plans for Poland. Patrick Ney continues his series of short videos about 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising. </p>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 16:44:00 +0200Książ: Castle of Mysterieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ksiaz-castle-of-mysteries-1641<p>In nearly two decades of travelling around Poland, just a couple of things have stopped me clean in my tracks: first, Wrocław’s Rynek seen at night. The other, Zamek Książ rising from the kind of damp, soupy mist in which Baskervilles roam.</p>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 16:16:00 +0200Hattrick! Poland wins THREE gold medals in day of dramahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hattrick-poland-wins-three-more-gold-medals-in-day-of-drama-1635<p>Poland’s runners have stormed into the lead of the European Athletics Championships with a stunning three gold medal win yesterday.</p>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 10:34:00 +0200WWII nuns who saved Jewish children honoured in new exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-nuns-who-saved-jewish-children-honoured-in-new-exhibition-1631<p>An exhibition honouring nuns who saved hundreds of WWII Jews from near-certain death has gone on display in the Polish capital Warsaw.</p>Sat, 11 Aug 2018 21:14:00 +0200A Ticket to Ride: It’ll make you twist and shout, and scream – and leave you wanting morehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-ticket-to-ride-itll-make-you-twist-and-shout-and-scream--and-leave-you-wanting-more-1625<p>Driving through the picturesque countryside of Małopolska, with its gently undulating hills and lush vegetation, there lies a beast.</p>Sat, 11 Aug 2018 17:29:00 +0200August 11, 1944. Location: Castle Squarehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-11-1944-location-castle-square-76<p>As Warsaw burns it becomes clear to the insurgents that assistance from the Red Army will not materialise, and that the Allies are struggling to get help through. Isolated and alone the city’s population will soon be reduced to little more than a couple of thousand. British vlogger Patrick Ney continues his series of short videos on 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Sat, 11 Aug 2018 16:37:00 +0200Jerzy Grotowski: ‘Eccentric genius’ who reinvented theatrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jerzy-grotowski-eccentric-genius-who-reinvented-theatre-1621<p>As theatre directors go, Jerzy Grotowski is up there alongside such greats as Stanislavski, Artaud and Appia.</p>Sat, 11 Aug 2018 15:24:00 +0200From Bolesławiec with love: Polish pottery firm designs CIA crockeryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-boleslawiec-with-love-pottery-firm-designs-cia-crockery-1619<p>A handicraft cooperative in Poland has designed tableware for one of the largest spy organisations in the world – the CIA.</p>Sat, 11 Aug 2018 12:07:00 +0200Warsaw Uprising soldier laid to resthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-uprising-soldier-laid-to-rest-1618<p>Wartime anti-Nazi resistance fighter and erstwhile Association of Warsaw Insurgents head Brigadier General Zbigniew Ścibor-Rylski, who died on August 3 aged 101, was laid to rest at Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:31:00 +0200TFN talks exclusively to Warsaw Uprising veteran Alina Matuszewskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/tfn-talks-exclusively-to-a-veteran-of-the-warsaw-uprising-alina-matuszewska-72-72<p>Alina Matuszewska, nee Jasińska, (92) became involved in the resistance movement against Nazi Germany when she was 15-years-old. In 1944 she fought in the Warsaw Uprising.</p><p>As a courier for the Home Army in the centre of Warsaw, she was responsible for carrying messages and guiding groups of people with supplies through the system of tunnels made up of cellars and streets, which were under constant fire from the German troops.</p><p>The initial hope and euphoria of the fight for freedom slowly gives way to the understanding of what urban warfare really means and the pain of losing friends and brothers in arms.</p><p>In her memoire, Ms. Matuszewska describes the dire situations the young soldiers found themselves in:</p><p>“During the Uprising the euphoria was present only in the beginning. Later, the overall mood got much worse. Lots of Wola civilians who escaped the mass executions were living in the basements. They were running out of food and water, babies were dying because their mothers stopped producing milk. Once, when I was crossing Grzybowska street, I was attacked by a desperate crowd of hungry and dirty women. They were shouting that we would probably retreat, leaving them to the German soldiers and Ukrainian collaborators. It was one of the most tragic experiences of my life and I began to doubt if the Uprising made sense at all.</p><p>“We started losing the fight but we kept on fighting, night counterattacks helped us take over some streets again.</p><p>“I came home and met my parents and uncle Rettinger. Edward Rettinger who was a lawyer foresaw that after the war there would be a processes of the war criminals (he foresaw the Nuremberg Trials) and that we would need documents of the crimes. Together with Colonel Mazurek from the Uprising Gendarmerie he wrote down testimonies of people who were the victims of Germans. They all confirmed the authenticity of these documents with their signatures.”</p>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:22:00 +0200August 10, 1944. Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-10-1944-location-old-town-70-70<p>The BBC starts reporting that German troops are carrying out war crimes in the Polish capital. Meanwhile, during the indiscriminate bombing of the city, Hitler’s Luftwaffe inadvertently begins killing SS troops being held prisoner. Join British vlogger Patrick Ney as continues his series of short videos on 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:59:00 +0200Extraordinary photos capturing Jewish life over 4 decades go on showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-photos-capturing-jewish-life-over-40-decades-go-on-show-1616<p>A compelling photography exhibition documenting over four decades of, an often fraught, Jewish life in Poland has opened at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:48:00 +0200Warsaw's Chopin airport services over 1.9 mln passengers in Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-chopin-airport-services-over-19-mln-passengers-in-july-1614<p>The more-than1.9 million passengers serviced by the Polish capital's airport represents growth of 12.6 percent over July 2017's 1.7 million and is the best July in the facility's history, the airport announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:27:00 +0200City employs sheep to help birds lay eggshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/city-employs-sheep-to-help-birds-lay-eggs-1612<p>The centre of a city of over 1.7 million people might not seem like a place for sheep. But a small island in the Vistula river has become the unlikely home of a flock of sheep and goats – brought in to act as “natural lawnmowers”.</p>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:53:00 +0200Baroque painting exhibited in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baroque-painting-exhibited-in-krakow-1608<p>A 17th century work 'Our Lady in a Garland of Roses', created by Roman painter Giovanni Battista Salvi, can be viewed from Thursday at the Europeum Centre for European Culture, a Branch of the National Museum in Kraków (MNK) (southern Poland).</p>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:51:00 +0200TFN talks exclusively to a veteran of the Warsaw Uprising, Alina Matuszewskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/tfn-talks-exclusively-to-a-veteran-of-the-warsaw-uprising-alina-matuszewska-62-62-62-62<p>Alina Matuszewska, nee Jasińska, now 92 years old, was born on January 14th, 1927 in Warsaw.</p><p>She and her younger brother Jerzy (born 1930) became involved in the resistance movement against the Nazi German occupation of Poland when she was 15-years-old . In 1944, during the Warsaw Uprising, she became a courier for the Home Army.</p><p>Receiving orders from the Żoliborz-based 235 platoon, she became separated from her unit and spent the first days of the uprising trying to reach the troops fighting in central Warsaw. There, she was assigned as a runner to the women’s Pomoc Żołnierzowi (the Soldier’s Aid) organisation, which was an auxiliary formation providing meals and other necessities to the insurgents.</p><p>In an interview with The First News, Ms. Matuszewska recalls the first days of the Warsaw Uprising. She mentions the elation the young insurgents felt, their desire to die for their country and a certain naivety they had regarding the chances of victory.</p><p>During the first days she experienced first-hand the horrors of what was happening &nbsp;in the Żoliborz, Wola and Śródmieście districts of Warsaw – witnessing the fighting, the tragic losses and civilian struggles. But behind it all she felt a ubiquitous faith in Poland finally regaining its freedom.</p><p>In her memoire, Ms. Matuszewska wrote: “ As we all know, the Uprising army was an army of volunteers. The orders that reached the soldiers through secret communications were not forced upon them. Everybody decided for themselves if they wanted to fulfil the orders and turn up at the meeting point.</p><p>“My allocation was in Żoliborz in the so called “Glass House” at Mickiewicz street. The fights in Żoliborz started before 4 PM. The trams did not work as I walked. On Krasińskiego street I saw two German trucks which were shot at from behind a wall by our troops. The Germans were throwing grenades and shooting with machine guns. At 5 PM the Home Army platoons with white and red bands on their arms started walking out from gates at Wilson Square.</p><p>“Suddenly the Germans stopped me and I realized that I had my white and red band in a suitcase which I was really proud of. Luckily, at that moment the shooting started from the direction of Zajączka street and the Germans started running away from the slope. We all ran towards Krasińskich Square where we reached our troops.</p><p>“I walked with some people to Saint Lazarus Hospital where they wanted me to stay and work as a medical aid. Wola was a totally unknown district for me and all the people I knew lived in the centre of the city and I wanted to reach them so I refused.</p><p>“This decision might have saved my life, because on the next day the SS Brigade consisting of prisoners and a group of renegades from the Red Army commanded by Mieczysław Kamiński murdered almost 60,000 people within a few days. They walked from house to house, raped, plundered and shot innocent people.</p><p>“In the Wola Hospital they murdered 300 patients and all the staff, in Lazarus Hospital they killed 1,000 people. Only on Saturday, August 5th, 20,000 Wola inhabitants were killed including the headmistresses from my school – Mrs. Kowalczykówna and Mrs. Jawurkówna.”</p><p>More in tomorrow’s The First News</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 21:02:00 +0200Chief of General Staff named as potential commander in chief for wartimehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chief-of-general-staff-named-as-potential-commander-in-chief-for-wartime-1606<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has named the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army, General Rajmund Andrzejczak, as the person designated to the position of commander in chief of the Armed Forces during wartime, the National Security Bureau (BBN) told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:35:00 +0200Poland’s Marie Curie tops BBC list of women who changed the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-marie-curie-tops-bbc-list-of-women-who-changed-the-world-1607<p>Marie Curie, who pioneered radiation research and was the first person to win two Nobel prized, has topped a poll asking which woman has had the most significant impact on world history.</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:18:00 +0200August 9, 1944. Location: Polish Security Printing Works/ Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-9-1944-location-polish-security-printing-works-old-town-57-57-57<p>Today, British vlogger Patrick Ney revisits continued fighting at the PWPW building and in Warsaw’s Old Town in day seven of his 63-part series on the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 16:55:00 +0200Seducer, Scoundrel, Spy: The Polish intelligence officer who seduced Berlin high society and warned Warsaw of German invasion planshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seducer-scoundrel-spy-the-polish-intelligence-officer-who-seduced-berlin-high-society-and-warned-warsaw-of-german-invasion-plans-1604<p>It’s 1924, and the handsome and daring Captain Jerzy Sosnowski has arrived in Berlin, the capital of Germany.</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:58:00 +0200It’s another gold: Poland wins top spot in women’s shot puthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-another-gold-poland-wins-top-spot-in-womens-shot-put-1602<p>Poland swept up another gold medal at the European Athletic Championship in Berlin yesterday with Paulina Guba taking crowning glory in the women’s shot put.</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:39:00 +0200President to take part in Polish-Australian Energy Forum in Sydneyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-take-part-in-polish-australian-energy-forum-in-sydney-1599<p>President Andrzej Duda will take part in the Polish-Australian Energy Forum on cooperation in the field of modern technologies and innovations in the natural resource and energy sector on August 21 in Sydney, head of President's Office Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:41:00 +0200Artist creates incredible watercolours of Warsaw as you’ve never seen it beforehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-creates-incredible-watercolours-of-warsaw-as-youve-never-seen-it-before-1594<p>In his watercolours, artist Tytus Brzozowski reimagines the Polish capital’s urban landscape – Warsaw as it was, Warsaw as it might have been, and Warsaw how it is now.</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:38:00 +0200PM praises scouts as Poland's futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-scouts-as-polands-future-1592<p>Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote to the country's scouts on Twitter on Wednesday that they are showing themselves to be Poland's future.</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:51:00 +0200We are the champions! Poland sweeps to glory in European Athletics Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sweeps-to-glory-in-the-european-athletics-championships-1584<p>Poland soared to the top of the 2018 European Athletics Championship after dominating men’s hammer throw and shotput.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 20:02:00 +0200Plaque unveiled honouring Franciscan nun saving Jews during WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plaque-unveiled-honouring-franciscan-nun-saving-jews-during-wwii-1591<p>A plaque honouring Franciscan nun Matylda Getter was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of her death at Warsaw's Powązki cemetery on Tuesday. Getter, Mother Superior of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary, helped save several hundred Jews during WWII.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:32:00 +0200Polish archeologists find 2,700-year-old cemeteryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1590<p>The cemetery, which has been dated to 700 BC, was identified by archeologists from the District Museum in Tarnów (southern Poland). The finding consists of at least 22 graves where specialists have unearthed bones, pots and metal decorations.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:20:00 +0200Days of good neighbourliness to be held in Ukraine and Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/days-of-good-neighbourliness-to-be-held-in-ukraine-and-poland-1588<p>Kayaking, running races and cycle trips are among other attractions during the European Days of Good Neighbourliness, which will be held in adjacent Polish and Ukrainian localities. The festival will last from Thursday to Sunday.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:52:00 +0200Polish Battle of Britain Pilot dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1586<p>A Polish pilot who served in the famous 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain has died.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:33:00 +0200August 8, 1944: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/8th-of-august-1944-location-old-town-55-55-55-55<p>In today’s short video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney looks at the brutal hand-to-hand street fighting that took place in Warsaw’s Old Town. And in a moving piece of personal history, Patrick reveals the fate of his Polish wife’s Great Aunt.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:23:00 +0200Władysław Starewicz: The Polish entomologist who invented puppet animation filmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wladyslaw-starewicz-the-polish-entomologist-who-invented-puppet-animation-films-1582<p>Nick Park’s ‘Wallace and Gromit’ and Tim Burton’s ‘Corpse Bride’ and may well have broken the mould when it comes to animated films, but they may not have been made at all were it not for Polish animator Władysław Starewicz.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:15:00 +0200Love on the barricadeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-on-the-barricades-1579<p>Never knowing when they might be killed, many Polish resistance fighters during the Warsaw Uprising decided to get married.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 12:12:00 +0200President to award 11 general's nominations on Polish Army Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-award-11-generals-nominations-on-polish-army-day-1577<p>President Andrzej Duda will hand over 11 new promotions to the rank of general on August 15, the Polish Army Day, National Security Bureau (BBN) told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:35:00 +0200Polish firm produces vital component for Mars missionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-produces-vital-component-for-mars-mission-1575<p>Sener Polska has designed and produced one of the key elements of a project to land a rover on Mars. The Umbilical Release Mechanism (URM) is a connection between the Mars rover and its landing platform, which will be put on the red planet as part of the ExoMars mission.</p>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 09:56:00 +0200Millions raised to save critically-ill toddler’s lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/millions-raised-to-save-critically-ill-toddlers-life-1570<p>A staggering 5million PLN (1.8mln Euros) has been raised to help a critically-ill toddler with a life-saving operation.</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 19:32:00 +0200Security one of the key subjects of President Duda's visit to Australiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/security-one-of-the-key-subjects-of-president-dudas-visit-to-australia-1569<p>Security, including talks regarding the purchase of missile frigates, will be among the key subjects of Polish President Andrzej Duda's visit to Australia, PAP was told on Tuesday by the head of the National Security office (BBN), Paweł Soloch.</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 18:11:00 +0200The ‘gentlemanly’ chemist whose pharmacy became a refuge for ghetto Jewshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-gentlemanly-chemist-whose-pharmacy-became-a-refuge-for-ghetto-jews-1566<p>Hidden on the side of little square dedicated to WWII heroes of the Kraków ghetto, the ‘Under the Eagle Pharmacy’ (Apteka Pod Orłem) is one of the most prominent symbols of the horrors, but also acts of heroism that took place here 75 years ago.</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:17:00 +0200August 7th 1944. Location: Old Townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/7th-of-august-location-old-town-52-52-52-52<p>In his series of videos covering the 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney today looks at events in the Old Town. The Polish resistance has the upper hand but the Germans begin to use civilians as human shields…</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:59:00 +0200Poland confirms support for territorial integrity of Georgiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-confirms-support-for-territorial-integrity-of-georgia-1564<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Tuesday that his visit to Tbilisi alongside top officials from other countries honours the 10th anniversary of Russia's aggression against Georgia and confirms support for the sovereignty of the Caucasian country.</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:20:00 +0200Stunning 600-year-old frescoes celebrated at Lublin castlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-600-year-old-frescoes-celebrated-at-lublin-castle-1562<p>Lublin is celebrating the 600th birthday of some very special frescoes, with festivities including a Fresco Festival</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:12:00 +0200Agriculture Ministry sees bright future for Polish herbshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agriculture-ministry-sees-bright-future-for-polish-herbs-1560<p>Herb production in Poland is currently valued at PLN 200 million (EUR 47 million) a year and the country's produce is sought after on EU markets. And the deciding factor is not price, but quality, the Rzeczpospolita daily reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:31:00 +0200Archive of documents revealing Polish efforts to rescue Jews uncoveredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archive-of-documents-revealing-polish-efforts-to-rescue-jews-uncovered-1558<p>After nearly 75 years and more than a year of negotiations, Poland has regained the so-called Eiss’ Archive, one of the largest collection of documents about the rescue of Jews by Polish diplomats.</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 10:50:00 +0200Today Scouts celebrate their 100 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-uk-the-scouts-are-camp-fires-and-dybdybdyb-in-poland-they-fought-against-the-nazis-todays-their-100th-anniversary-1555<p>As Poland celebrates a hundred years of independence this year, the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP) is also marking its centenary with a jamboree – a national-level gathering of scouts in Gdańsk, which begins today, with almost 15,000 participants.</p>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:48:00 +0200Polish MFA wants to remind world of Russia's aggression against Georgiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mfa-wants-to-remind-world-of-russias-aggression-against-georgia-1553<p>On the tenth anniversary of Russian aggression against Georgia, we want to remind the world about the violation of an independent Georgia, the tragedy of thousands of families expelled from their homes, the hundreds dead and wounded, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Monday.</p>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 18:55:00 +0200Polish town remembers Hollywood legend with giant mural, but was he Polish?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-town-remembers-hollywood-legend-with-giant-mural-but-was-he-polish-1549<p>Like much of America, Hollywood was built by immigrants from Central Europe with Germans and Polish Jews jostling for primacy.</p>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 17:09:00 +0200Night of August 6th 1944. Location: Wilcza Streethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/6th-of-august-1944-locaton-wilcza-street-48-48-48-48-48-48-48<p>In today’s video about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney discusses how Polish resistance fighters crawled through the filthy sewers of Mokotow to get to Wilcza street to outflank marauding Germans who continue to commit atrocities against innocent civilians.</p>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 17:01:00 +0200“We made it!” Wheelchair pals complete epic 46,000km drive across BOTH American continentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-made-it-wheelchair-pals-complete-epic-46000km-drive-across-both-american-continents-1543<p>A journey which started almost two years ago has finally come to its extraordinary conclusion after two wheelchair-bound thrill-seekers finished an epic road trip from the southern tip of South America to the northernmost tip of Alaska.</p>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:22:00 +0200Polish Army to honour its day with biggest ever celebratory marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-honour-its-day-with-biggest-ever-celebratory-march-1541<p>On Polish Amy Day, August 15, the military is set to hold its biggest ever celebratory march, the Ministry of Defence announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:10:00 +0200Fancy a cuppa? President Duda invites tourists for teahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fancy-a-cuppa-president-duda-invites-tourists-for-tea-1537<p>A group of tourists in Warsaw had the surprise of their lives when they were invited for a cup of tea with Poland’s president.</p>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 12:27:00 +0200President establishes Independence Centenary Medalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-establishes-independence-centenary-medal-1535<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a law in Kraków on Monday establishing the Independence Centenary Medal, which will serve as a sign of gratitude and respect for people who have given outstanding service to the Polish state and society.</p>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:26:00 +0200Songs of freedom: The enduring popularity of Warsaw Uprising songshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/songs-of-freedom-the-enduring-popularity-of-warsaw-uprising-songs-1522<p>On the hot summer night of August 1<sup>st</sup>, at 8 o’clock p.m., on the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Varsovians gathered in Piłudski Square, in the centre of the Polish capital, to listen and sing along to songs that accompanied the freedom fighters in 1944.</p>Sun, 05 Aug 2018 20:32:00 +0200Night of 5th August, 1944. British bomber planes drop supplies on Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/night-of-5th-august-1944-british-bomber-planes-drop-supplies-on-warsaw-44-44-44-44-44<p>In his series of short films about the 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney today looks at the Allied attempts to drop supplies to the Poles, at the SS genocide of civilians in the Wola district of Warsaw, and at the Polish resistance’s liberation of a concentration camp.</p>Sun, 05 Aug 2018 17:00:00 +0200Dead at 68. Film icon Piotr Szulkinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1520<p>Poland’s most revered sci-fi film director Piotr Szulkin has died.</p>Sun, 05 Aug 2018 16:57:00 +0200Art Provocateur Piotr Uklańskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-provocateur-piotr-uklanski-1514<p>A bad-boy of the art world, Piotr Uklański is nonetheless somewhat shy – or more appropriately, elusive.</p>Sun, 05 Aug 2018 16:20:00 +0200The Wola Massacre: 74 years ago today, one of the largest mass murders in history took place at the hands of Hitler’s depraved SShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-wola-massacre-74-years-ago-today-hitlers-ferocious-ss-began-a-sickening-week-long-orgy-of-killings-in-the-polish-capital---one-of-the-largest-mass-murders-in-history-1511<p>In the early morning of 5th August 1944, as artillery pounded Warsaw and Luftwaffe planes screamed overhead, the relief force of Germans and their willing helpers hastily put together to quell the Warsaw Uprising set about their gruesome work with enthusiasm.</p>Sun, 05 Aug 2018 12:38:00 +0200Łódź you believe it! The city of Łódź has been thrust into the spotlight as Poland’s capital of cool with its trendy factory resurgencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-you-believe-it-the-city-of-lodz-has-been-thrust-into-the-spotlight-as-polands-capital-of-cool-with-its-trendy-factory-resurgence-1507<p>When I first visited Łódź, round about the start of the millennium, the city came with a health warning grimly delivered by my colleague Piotr. “Tell you what,” he cautioned, “you probably won’t make it back alive.”</p>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 20:04:00 +0200Chopin festival kicks off in Dusznikihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-festival-kicks-off-in-duszniki-1510<p>Nearly 20 concerts and piano recitals are featured in the programme of the 73rd International Chopin Festival, which started on Friday and will run till August 11 in Duszniki-Zdrój, a popular mountain spa resort in south-western Poland.</p>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 19:10:00 +0200August 4, 1944. Location: Plac Powstańców/Ochotahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/august-4-1944-location-plac-powstancowochota-39-39-39<p>Today in his series of short videos about the Warsaw Uprising, British vlogger Patrick Ney looks at the ‘SS Executioner of Ochota' and the mass murder of over 10,000 civilians before moving to the city’s Wola district and the heinous work of other SS death squads.</p>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 17:32:00 +0200Warsaw Uprising Museum is setting for new play exploring ‘the commemoration of heroes’ in the internet agehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-uprising-museum-is-setting-for-new-play-exploring-the-commemoration-of-heroes-in-the-internet-age-1504<p>A new play using Greek mythology as a contemporary metaphor for “commemorating war heroes” has opened this week at the Warsaw Uprising Museum.</p>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 15:41:00 +0200Death of a hero! Warsaw Uprising soldier dies at 101https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/death-of-a-hero-warsaw-uprising-soldier-dies-at-101-1501<p>A hero of the Warsaw Uprising has died, just one day after Poland marked the 74<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the start of the operation.</p>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 14:40:00 +0200Polish firemen in Sweden show Poland cares for EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firemen-in-sweden-show-poland-cares-for-eu-1499<p>By sending firemen to help tackle major wildfires in central Sweden, Poland has shown that it can help friends in need, Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński said on Friday.</p>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 13:54:00 +0200MOCAK contemporary art museum is quirky, challenging and at times uncomfortable. But it’s also one of the besthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1493<p>Since 2010, enthusiasts of modern art visiting Kraków finally have a space of their own – the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art.</p>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 11:40:00 +0200Pumped up and ready to go: On the eve of the Tour de Pologne TFN speaks to race director Czesław Langhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pumped-up-and-ready-to-go-on-the-eve-of-the-tour-de-pologne-tfn-speaks-to-race-director-czeslaw-lang-1486<p>Tomorrow will see thousands of cyclists from across the globe descend on Poland for the annual Tour de Pologne (TdP).</p>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:58:00 +02003rd August 1944. Location: Żoliborz district / Cytadelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/3rd-august-1944-location-zoliborz-district--cytadel-37<p>British vlogger Patrick Ney looks at Polish successes and failures in the early days of the Warsaw Uprising. In this episode he looks at what happened in the north of the city.</p>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 17:30:00 +0200Gov't aims to re-open inland water route from Warsaw to lake districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-aims-to-re-open-inland-water-route-from-warsaw-to-lake-district-1489<p>The inland water-route from Warsaw to the Great Masurian Lakes (northeastern Poland) will be re-introduced, Poland's Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation Marek Gróbarczyk said on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:28:00 +0200Wroc-love: UK’s Coventry Uni moving to Wrocławhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroc-love-uks-coventry-uni-moving-to-wroclaw-1483<p>Coventry University is preparing to open its first campus abroad – in Wrocław, south-western Poland.</p>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:58:00 +0200Japanese auto company enlarges factory in southwest Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/japanese-auto-company-enlarges-factory-in-southwest-poland-1485<p>The Japanese company Yagi has completed the expansion of its car-parts factory in Żarów (southwestern Poland), in a project worth around PLN 75 million (EUR 17.6 million), the firm announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 13:19:00 +0200Hitting the right note: International music centre to open in Chopin’s birthplacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-the-right-note-international-music-centre-to-open-in-chopins-birthplace-1480<p>An International Music Centre will be built in Żelazowa Wola, a village around 50km west of Warsaw best known as the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin.</p>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:12:00 +0200Daniel Libeskind wins award for Złota 44 tower, thanks to Warsaw Uprising vetshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/daniel-libeskind-wins-award-for-zlota-44-tower-thanks-to-warsaw-uprising-vets-1478<p>World-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, who designed the Złota 44 residential tower in the heart of the Polish capital, has won the Warsaw City Prize.</p>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 18:17:00 +0200Polish couple who hid Jewish girl during WWII honoured for their braveryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-couple-who-hid-jewish-girl-during-wwii-honoured-for-their-bravery-1476<p>When an orphaned Jewish teenager replied to an advertisement for a nanny, she had no idea of the series of events that would unfold.</p>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:45:00 +0200‘63 days of Extraordinary Courage 1944’ – The Polish Security Printing Workshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/63-days-of-extraordinary-courage-1944--the-polish-security-printing-works-35<p>Episode 2 in a series of short videos about the Warsaw Uprising sees British Vlogger Patrick Ney at the building of the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) in Warsaw, which played a key role in preventing the Germans from accessing the Old Town.</p>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 16:52:00 +0200One of the few: Herman Shine who escaped Auschwitz dies at 95https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-the-few-herman-shine-who-escaped-auschwitz-dies-at-95-1473<p>A Jewish man who escaped Auschwitz thanks to a Polish labourer has died at the age of 95.</p>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:40:00 +0200Stańko was example not only for musicians - NY Times critichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stanko-was-example-not-only-for-musicians---ny-times-critic-1470<p>Polish outstanding trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, who recently passed away, set an example not only for musicians, New York Times jazz music critic Ben Ratliff has told PAP.</p>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:39:00 +020075 years ago today, prisoners rose up against their SS guards at the German Nazi death camp Treblinkahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1466<p>Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the uprising at the Treblinka death camp when Jewish prisoners took up arms against their guards in a heroic act of defiance.</p>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 12:26:00 +0200Roma lay flowers at Auschwitz gas chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roma-lay-flowers-at-auschwitz-gas-chamber-1464<p>Representatives of the Association of Roma in Poland laid flowers on Wednesday at the remains of crematorium V at the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in southern Poland.</p>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:46:00 +0200True story of little girl’s note to her father before he goes to fight in the Warsaw Uprising has been made into a virtual reality filmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/true-story-of-little-girls-note-to-her-father-before-he-goes-to-fight-in-the-warsaw-uprising-has-been-made-into-a-virtual-reality-film-1462<p>The new VR film about the Warsaw Uprising has been released to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the event.</p>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 20:41:00 +0200Foreigners of the Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreigners-of-the-uprising-1461<p>A Slovak journalist, a British navigator, a Nigerian jazz musician and an Australian barman.</p>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:08:00 +0200’63 days of Extraordinary Courage 1944’https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/63-days-of-extraordinary-courage-1944-31-31-31<p>In a series of short videos – one for every day of the 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising - British Vlogger Patrick Ney looks at different aspects of the Uprising. Here, in Episode 1, he is seen at the building of the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) in Warsaw, which played a key role in preventing the Germans from accessing the Old Town</p>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 16:44:00 +0200The lesser-known battle of the Warsaw Uprising – across the river in Pragahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-lesser-known-battle-of-the-warsaw-uprising--across-the-river-in-praga-1459<p>Among the countless books, press articles and films commemorating and even celebrating the Warsaw Uprising, it could seem that Praga was not involved at all.</p>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:32:00 +0200Polish PM says today's generation owes much to WWII heroeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-todays-generation-owes-much-to-wwii-heroes-1457<p>During observances marking the 74th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi German occupying forces, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that "we would not be here without the WWII heroes, without the Warsaw insurgents."</p>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:42:00 +0200The Warsaw Uprising: 74 years ago today, Poland took on its German oppressors in some of the deadliest street fighting of WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-warsaw-uprising-74-years-ago-today-poland-took-on-its-german-oppressors-in-some-of-the-deadliest-street-fighting-of-wwii-1453<p>The last days of July 1944 brought with them hope.</p>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:59:00 +0200Computer game developers to get tax breakshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/computer-game-developers-to-get-tax-breaks-1441<p>With The Witcher one of the world’s most popular computer games, the government is looking to harness the medium’s popularity for the promotion of the country’s image at home and abroad.</p>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:16:00 +0200Warsaw Uprising fighters fought for freedomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-uprising-fighters-fought-for-freedom-1451<p>Fighters of the Warsaw Uprising - in the mould of earlier generations - fought because they wanted freedom, Polish President Andrzej Duda stressed on Tuesday during a ceremonial Roll-Call of the Fallen a day before the 74th anniversary of the uprising's outbreak.</p>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 22:00:00 +0200Kornel Makuszyński: Children’s author with a ‘preacherly’ qualityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kornel-makuszynski-childrens-author-with-a-preacherly-quality-1448<p>One of a handful of bestselling authors in the history of Polish literature, Kornel Makuszyński, first came to prominence with his 1928 masterpiece Those Two Who Stole The Moon.</p>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 21:40:00 +0200Money, money, money: More Poles are joining the ‘rich list’ and more are becoming millionaireshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/money-money-money-more-poles-are-joining-the-rich-list-and-more-are-becoming-millionaires-1446<p>With over 25,000 millionaires and 1.1 mln getting on the official ‘rich list’ for earning over 85,000 PLN a year, Poles are becoming increasingly well off.</p>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:38:00 +0200Tri beating that! Triathlete Karaś is new Triple Ultra-Ironman World Champhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tri-beating-that-triathlete-karas-is-new-triple-ultra-ironman-world-champ-1443<p>Polish athlete Robert Karaś has become the new World Champion for the Triple Ironman Triathlon.</p>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 13:39:00 +0200Żywiec launches most modern production of alcohol-free beer in Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zywiec-launches-most-modern-production-of-alcohol-free-beer-in-europe-1440<p>The modern installation for the production of alcohol-free beers was launched at the Archduke Brewery in Żywiec, southern Poland. The project, valued at PLN 11 mln (EUR 2.5 mln), was completed in one year, the head of the brewery Tomasz Klima said on Monday.</p>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 09:30:00 +0200Planned new institute to fill ‘gap’ in economic researchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/planned-new-institute-to-fill-gap-in-economic-research-1438<p>The government is looking to set up a Polish Economic Institute to support policy-making.</p>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:48:00 +0200Much ado about something: Shakespeare festival woos Gdańskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/much-ado-about-something-shakespeare-festival-woos-gdansk-1436<p>Shakespeare never quite made it to Poland and his sole mention of the country in the final scene of Hamlet seems to show only the vaguest of ideas about its location.</p>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:11:00 +0200Govt. puts out tenders for private companies to develop securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-puts-out-tenders-for-private-companies-to-develop-security-1434<p>The government’s research and development agency has announced tenders for 33 defence and security-related projects.</p>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 15:15:00 +0200Silent Witnesses: The ordinary Germans who watched the horrors of Auschwitz unfoldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silent-witnesses-the-ordinary-germans-who-watched-the-horrors-of-auschwitz-unfold-1432<p>A new film about ‘normal’ Germans who watched and ignored the horrors of Auschwitz is being planned by an English director.</p>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:35:00 +0200“Another Day of Life” in the heart of darknesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-day-of-life-in-the-heart-of-darkness-1421<p>Ryszard Kapuściński’s book on the Angolan Civil War is the basis for the first feature film to be inspired by his writings.</p>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 20:24:00 +0200President awards orders of merit to Uprising heroeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-awards-orders-of-merit-to-uprising-heroes-1419<p>In connection with the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, which falls on August 1, Polish President Andrzej Duda decorated 24 people, including participants in those historic events.</p>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 19:52:00 +0200Mike Tyson in video about the Warsaw Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mike-tyson-in-video-about-the-warsaw-uprising-1417<p>Boxing legend Mike Tyson has appeared in a video about the history of the Warsaw Uprising.</p><p><br></p>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 19:27:00 +0200Time for Tykocinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/time-for-tykocin-1414<p>When planning trips around Poland – whether it be for work or otherwise – I religiously place my faith into a programme I like to enigmatically call The Matrix.</p>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 16:42:00 +0200Veteran trumpeter Tomasz Stańko dies of cancerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/veteran-trumpeter-tomasz-stanko-dies-of-cancer-1412<p>Tomasz Stańko, considered one of the greatest jazz trumpeters in the world, has died.</p>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 15:05:00 +0200A ‘Kracking’ highbrow time at Kraków’s ‘Week of Songs’ festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-kracking-highbrow-time-at-krakows-week-of-songs-festival-1409<p>Lovers of poetry and literary song will descend on Kraków next week for the 5th edition of a "Week of Songs" (Tydzień Piosenki).</p>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 11:38:00 +0200Take a walk on the wild side: TFN explores the ‘Queen of Polish rivers’ - the Wisłahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-a-walk-on-the-wild-side-tfn-explores-the-queen-of-polish-rivers---the-wisla-1407<p>To get a sense of how significant the Wisła (Vistula) river is for Warsaw, take a look at its coat of arms.</p>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 21:48:00 +0200Powerful advert remembers the Warsaw Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-advert-remembers-the-warsaw-uprising-1404<p>A powerful full-page advert commemorating the 74th anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising has appeared in the New York Times.</p>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 14:34:00 +0200President: Passing away of Kora means the end of an erahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-passing-away-of-kora-means-the-end-of-an-era-1402<p>The passing away of Kora for many people of my generation, including myself, means a symbolic end of an era, President Andrzej Duda wrote on Twitter following the death of the singer, composer and leader of the band 'Maanam'.</p>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 13:43:00 +0200Brit finds unmarked grave of long-lost WWI relative in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brit-finds-unmarked-grave-of-long-lost-wwi-relative-in-poland-1398<p>When Jim Powrie decided to track down the last resting place of his father’s first cousin, Sergeant Henry Powrie of Britain’s Royal Artillery, he found the soldier lay in a quiet corner of a Polish cemetery in an unmarked grave.</p>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 12:51:00 +0200Culture Ministry: Kora an important artist for generations of Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-ministry-kora-an-important-artist-for-generations-of-poles-1396<p>Kora was an important artist for generations of Poles, the Culture Ministry wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning, expressing condolences over the death of the singer, composer and leader of the band 'Maanam'.</p>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 11:50:00 +0200US President's adviser confirms planned Trump-Duda meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-presidents-adviser-confirms-planned-trump-duda-meeting-1394<p>US Presidential National Security Adviser John Bolton has confirmed on Twitter that President Donald Trump and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda will meet at the White House.</p>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 11:41:00 +0200Kora, rebellious rock diva, dies of cancer aged 67https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kora-rebellious-rock-diva-dies-of-cancer-aged-67-1389<p>Known for her vocal gymnastics, Kora was an icon of her time.</p>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 10:46:00 +0200Poland’s bright new architecture stars win Northern Lights Room comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-bright-new-architecture-stars-win-northern-lights-room-comp-1380<p>Two Polish architects have won the "Iceland Northern Lights Rooms" competition held by Bee Breeders, an organiser of architecture competitions.</p>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:10:00 +0200Four Polish scientists receive prestigious research grantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-polish-scientists-receive-prestigious-research-grants-1385<p>Doctors Piotr Achinger, Michał Nemeth, Magdalena Winiarska and Tomasz Żuradzki are the Polish winners of prestigious Starting Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). The list of more than 400 winners was presented on Friday.</p>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 18:09:00 +0200Łódź you believe it! Students invent amazing app to help the blindhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-you-believe-it-students-invent-amazing-app-to-help-the-blind-1383<p>A smartphone in their hand and a voice command can be enough to help visually impaired people navigate unknown locations, thanks to an app created by students from the Łódź University of Technology.</p>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:18:00 +0200The bridge that Stach built: Man constructs Europe’s largest man-made bridge - just to avoid his neighbourshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-bridge-that-stach-built-man-constructs-europes-largest-man-made-bridge---just-to-avoid-his-neighbours-1378<p>Few of us would consider what it takes to build a bridge, but it turns out it’s quite a lot. You need concrete, you need manpower and you need something approximating engineering knowhow.</p>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:53:00 +0200New EthnoPoland project to support folk culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-ethnopoland-project-to-support-folk-culture-1376<p>The new EthnoPoland programme is addressed to all communities promoting traditional culture. It will support folk culture and its artists, Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło announced during a press conference on Friday.</p>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:52:00 +0200It’s coming home: Gdańsk shipyard is Polish once morehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-coming-home-gdansk-shipyard-is-polish-once-more-1374<p>An agreement signed on 19 July transfers control over the shipyard from Gdańsk Shipyard Group, controlled by Ukrainian investor Serhiy Taruta, to Poland’s Industrial Development Agency (ARP), a state treasury company that supports innovation, restructuring and investment, with a portfolio spanning construction, energy and other sectors.</p>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 12:49:00 +0200Jan Żabiński: The zookeeper who saved hundreds of lives during WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jan-zabinski-the-zookeeper-who-saved-hundreds-of-lives-during-wwii-1370<p><a name="_Hlk520386479"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Jan</span>&nbsp;</a>Żabiński and his wife Antonina created a series of secret hideouts at Warsaw Zoo where Jews fleeing Nazi Germany’s death squads could seek shelter.</p>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 19:59:00 +0200Poland more open to immigrantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-more-open-to-immigrants-1368<p>Special incentives for students and highly qualified employees will be included in the new migration policy of the Polish government, which in this way wants to fight the country's workforce shortage, the daily Rzeczpospolita wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:03:00 +0200Getin there: Getin and Idea mull over mergerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getin-and-idea-mull-over-merge-1366<p>The Polish banking entities Getin and Idea have mooted a possible merger in an effort to prevent further financial losses.</p>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:17:00 +0200Wrocław’s festival is widening film horizons for the 18th timehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaws-festival-is-widening-film-horizons-for-the-18th-time-1364<p>The New Horizons International Film Festival is possibly the most ambitious film festival in Poland. It’s certainly one of the biggest.</p>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:20:00 +0200Lublin’s Magician’s Carnival whirls into townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublins-magicians-carnival-whirls-into-town-1361<p>The streets and squares of Lublin will from today transform into a bustling and exciting arena for street performers, illusionists, magicians, street theatre groups, musicians, clowns, tightrope walkers and jugglers as the Magicians Carnival invades the city for the ninth time.</p>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 12:34:00 +0200Polish FM talks security in the US Capitolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-talks-security-in-the-us-capitol-1359<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz met with US lawmakers in the US Capitol in Washington DC on Wednesday. The talks focused on security issues, including potential permanent presence of US troops on Polish territory.</p>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 11:30:00 +0200Festival of Jewish music to start in Wrocławhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/festival-of-jewish-music-to-start-in-wroclaw-1357<p>The leitmotiv of this year’s 12th Summer in the Synagogue Under the White Stork will be the personal stories of Jewish artists. The festival involves music meetings with Jewish artists from all over Europe. The festival starts on Sunday in Wrocław (southwestern Poland).</p>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 11:25:00 +0200Anders talks security and Russia with TFNhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anders-talks-security-and-russia-with-tfn-1353<p>Poland’s security policy, carried on by both the current and previous governments, has put much emphasis on building and maintaining a strong alliance with the United States.</p>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 19:56:00 +0200Poland ready to help countries fighting fireshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-to-help-countries-fighting-fires-1356<p>The Polish government has expressed its readiness to help countries struggling with large fires, spokesperson for the government Joanna Kopcińska told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 19:37:00 +0200Senate rejects presidential referendum motionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-rejects-presidential-referendum-motion-1354<p>Poland's Senate (upper house) on Wednesday rejected a motion by President Andrzej Duda to hold a national referendum on the future Constitution.</p>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 19:25:00 +0200From Polish village to Hollywood fame: The Polish movie mogul behind Warner Bros. Pictureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-polish-village-to-hollywood-fame-the-polish-movie-mogul-behind-warner-bros-pictures-1350<p>Harry Warner, co-founder of Warner Bros., was one of the most forward-thinking and influential figures in the history of cinema.</p>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:20:00 +0200Would shoe believe it! Cobbler’s fortunes in 180 degree turn after social media campaign goes viralhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/would-shoe-believe-it-cobblers-fortunes-in-180-degree-turn-after-social-media-campaign-goes-viral-1345<p>Though social activism and viral campaigns tend to be the domain of the young, one pensioner has had his luck turned around thanks to a local blogger.</p>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 13:34:00 +0200Making waves: Poland’s yacht industry one of the biggest in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/making-waves-polands-yacht-industry-one-of-the-biggest-in-the-world-1342<p>Poland’s largest yacht maker has been bought by a French company in a move that has shone the international spotlight on a flourishing Polish industry making waves at home and around the world.</p>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 13:29:00 +0200Archaeologists discover early Middle Ages cemetery in Lublinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archaeologists-discover-early-middle-ages-cemetery-in-lublin-1340<p>Archaeologists have discovered traces of an early Middle Ages cemetery during excavation work close to Old Town in Lublin, eastern Poland.</p>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 10:34:00 +0200President extends condolences to Greek counterpart over fire disasterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-extends-condolences-to-greek-counterpart-over-fire-disaster-1338<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday extended his condolences to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos over the wildfires raging in Greece, which have so far claimed dozens of lives, and expressed admiration for the local rescue services.</p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 20:22:00 +0200Chaos as Ryanair cancels flights – and Poland IS affectedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chaos-as-ryanair-cancels-flights--and-poland-is-affected-1336<p>Passengers traveling to Poland have been left stranded in the UK after Ryanair informed them they would be cancelling all flights to the country until the end of the week.</p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 19:59:00 +0200Polish Deputy Env Minister becomes president of ISAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-deputy-env-minister-becomes-president-of-isa-1334<p>Polish Deputy Environment Minister and national chief geologist Mariusz Orion Jędrysek has become president of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the organisation announced on its official website.</p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:47:00 +0200Penderecki’s St Luke’s Passion opens Salzburg Festival to rapturous applausehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pendereckis-st-lukes-passion-opens-salzburg-festival-to-rapturous-applause-1332<p>Ping-pong diplomacy refers to a well-known episode in the early 1970s when China and the US prepared the ground for normalisation of relations via an exchange of table-tennis players.</p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:17:00 +0200From Cannes to Erotica: The work of forgotten Polish director Walerian Borowczyk revisitedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-cannes-to-erotica-the-work-of-forgotten-polish-director-walerian-borowczyk-revisited-1329<p>‘Love Express: The disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk’ from HBO is the story of a stormy relationship between high art and sensuality.</p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 15:03:00 +0200Govt. looks to attract Hollywood A-listers with USD 70m fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-looks-to-attract-hollywood-a-listers-with-usd-70m-fund-1326<p>“You can take our lives but you can’t take our freedom” – the much-parodied but stirring line from Mel Gibson’s Braveheart has long held irresistible attraction.</p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 11:56:00 +0200Poland's unemployment down to 5.9 pct in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-down-to-59-pct-in-june-1324<p>Poland's unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in June 2018 from 6.1 percent in May, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 11:27:00 +0200Polish FM in Washington for religious freedom conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-in-washington-for-religious-freedom-conference-1322<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during his Wednesday-starting visit to Washington will attend a religious freedom conference organised by the US State Department.</p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:16:00 +0200Polish “Ironman” firefighters welcomed as heroes as they battle Sweden’s raging forest blazehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ironman-firefighters-welcomed-as-heroes-as-they-battle-swedens-raging-forest-blaze-1320<p>As Sweden grapples with vast forest fires, Poland is among the countries offering a helping hand – or rather, 140 pairs of hands.</p>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 20:08:00 +0200Ursus eyes making tractors in Sudanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ursus-eyes-making-tractors-in-sudan-1318<p>Ursus, a Polish agricultural-machinery producer, has concluded an agreement with the state-owned Agricultural Bank of Sudan to launch the production of tractors and agricultural machinery on the territory of Sudan the company said in a press statement.</p>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:26:00 +0200Pole position! Polish speedway rider takes first place in Cardiff racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-position-polish-speedway-rider-takes-first-place-in-cardiff-race-1317<p>Poles dominated the Speedway Grand Prix in Cardiff, with Bartosz Zmarzlik claiming first place and Maciej Janowski coming third.</p>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:51:00 +0200What a champ! Andrzej skis down K2 in spectacular world record performancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-champ-andrzej-skis-down-k2-in-spectacular-world-record-performance-1315<p>Poland’s Andrzej Bargiel has become the first person in history to ski down K2, the second highest mountain in the world. &nbsp;</p>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:43:00 +0200Real estate headache: Cost of land rocketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/real-estate-headache-cost-of-land-rockets-1310<p>Prices of land for development in Poland are soaring with places such as Warsaw and Tricity seeing a 50 percent increase since 2015.</p>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:27:00 +0200Poland's air navigation agency may be among Europe's besthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-air-navigation-agency-may-be-among-europes-best-1313<p>Polish airspace is among the biggest in Europe, and the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) should be one of the key players in managing European air traffic, Janusz Janiszewski, the acting CEO of PANSA, has told PAP.</p>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:22:00 +0200Volkswagen Group Polska largest supplier of new cars in countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volkswagen-group-polska-largest-supplier-of-new-cars-in-country-1308<p>Practically one out of every three newly registered automobiles in Poland during the first half of 2018 belonged to one of the Volkswagen Group Poland (VGP) brands. The largest increase in the number of registrations in this period (26 percent) belongs to Porsche.</p>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 09:50:00 +0200March of Remembrance commemorates victims of liquidation of Warsaw Ghettohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-of-remembrance-commemorates-victims-of-liquidation-of-warsaw-ghetto-1306<p>A March of Remembrance was held in Warsaw on Sunday to commemorate the victims of the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto on the 76th anniversary of the tragic event.</p>Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:12:00 +0200Taking centre stage: The only Jewish theatre in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1302<p>Poland’s interest in Jewish culture is thriving and one of the movers and shakers is Kraków’s Midrash Theatre.</p>Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:03:00 +0200Travel with animals up at Kraków Airporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/travel-with-animals-up-at-krakow-airport-1304<p>Check-in statistics from the Kraków Airport show that in the first half of this year, a record number of animals (551) traveled by plane along with their owners. According to airport authorities, passengers are increasingly taking their pets (dogs and cats) with them.</p>Sun, 22 Jul 2018 19:20:00 +0200Doctor, writer, martyr: Janusz Korczak, the man who devoted his life to the care of childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doctor-writer-martyr-janusz-korczak-the-man-who-devoted-his-life-to-the-care-of-children-1300<p>It is, perhaps, impossible to overestimate the role Janusz Korczak played in the fight for children’s rights.</p>Sun, 22 Jul 2018 14:52:00 +0200Konrad Smoleński combines his love of music and art - and the results are challenginghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/konrad-smolenski-combines-his-love-of-music-and-art---and-the-results-are-challenging-1296<p>Smoleński’s interests lie in the areas of installation work, performance and objects, and as a leading member of Poznań’s Pink Punk music collective he frequently mixes audio and visual elements, throwing together a variety of disciplines in a seemingly anarchic mishmash.</p>Sun, 22 Jul 2018 10:59:00 +0200The truth & fiction of Wrocław’s Gnome Man’s Landhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-truth--fiction-of-wroclaws-gnome-mans-land-1290<p>Come on, surely, everyone is familiar with the gnomes of Wrocław? Having first appeared in 2001, the cheeky buggers have since swept the town like a ransacking horde. And, much like any plundering rabble, their numbers have grown to indeterminable size: some say 400, but others even more.</p>Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:46:00 +0200Artists of the new circus gather in Lublin for Magicians Carnivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artists-of-the-new-circus-gather-in-lublin-for-magicians-carnival-1286<p>The 9th Magicians Carnival begins in Lublin (eastern Poland) on Thursday, and will feature over 200 performances and shows by artists of the new circus movement - from jugglers to acrobats - in the city's streets and squares.</p>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 22:02:00 +0200World class choreographer Romana Agnel brings her Cracovia Danza Court Ballet to the streets of Kraków in vibrant festival of colourful dancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-class-choreographer-romana-agnel-brings-her-cracovia-danza-court-ballet-to-the-streets-of-krakow-in-vibrant-festival-of-colourful-dance-1277<p>The medieval courtly dance, once the nexus of the social and political world, will once again take centre stage in Kraków as part of a week-long celebration of traditional dance and ballet.</p>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 20:45:00 +0200New film from Scotland’s David Blair tells the astonishing true story of the Polish pilots who fought to save Britain from the German Luftwaffehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-film-from-scotlands-david-blair-tells-the-astonishing-true-story-of-the-polish-pilots-who-fought-to-save-britain-from-the-german-luftwaffe-1272<p>A new film about the heroic role of Polish RAF pilots in the Battle of Britain is set to hit the big screen.</p>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 16:27:00 +0200The power of a Polish-Jewish motherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-power-of-a-polish-jewish-mother-1266<p>It is said, that behind every great man there's a great woman. Sometimes it is a wife or a lover, but in many cases it is a great man’s mother. This couldn't be more true than in the case of famous French writer Romain Gary and his Polish-Jewish mother.</p>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:41:00 +0200Fascinating exhibition tells the story of Poland’s avant-garde music scenehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-exhibition-tells-the-story-of-polands-avant-garde-music-scene-1261<p>An exhibition telling the extraordinary story of the birth of electroacoustic music in Poland has gone on show in Germany.</p>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0200Polish firemen will help to fight forest fires in Swedenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firemen-will-help-to-fight-forest-fires-in-sweden-1259<p>By early Saturday, a group of almost 140 Polish firefighters had set off for Sweden to help put out forest fires in the central part of the country, the PM's office has announced.</p>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:30:00 +0200All the fun of the fair: Must-see St. Dominic’s fair kicks off in Gdańsk next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-the-fun-of-the-fair-must-see-st-dominics-fair-kicks-off-in-gdansk-next-week-1256<p>Anybody visiting Gdańsk between July 28 and August 19 will have the chance to sample the delights of St. Dominic’s Fair.</p>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:55:00 +0200Gdynia plays host to Europe’s first women’s jazz festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-plays-host-to-europes-first-womens-jazz-festival-1253<p>The first ever festival in Europe dedicated purely to women in jazz kicks off in the northern port city of Gdynia today.</p>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:29:00 +0200The First News talks to Anna Maria Anders about energy securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-first-news-talks-to-anna-maria-anders-about-energy-security-28-28<p>In an interview with The First News Anna Maria Anders, Polish Senator and Secretary of State for International Dialogue, shares her thoughts on the agreement between US-based gas company Port Arthur LNG and PGNiG (the Polish Oil and Gas Company) signed during the World Gas Conference in Washington, D.C.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the 20-year contract, from 2023 Poland will import 2 million tonnes of LNG per year. It will lead to energy diversification not just in Poland, but also in the region.&nbsp;</p><p>Anna Maria Anders is a senator and the secretary of state at the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, responsible for international dialogue. She is the daughter of Gen. Władysław Anders, a World War II hero and a member of the Polish Government in Exile after the war.&nbsp;</p>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:51:00 +0200Increasing numbers of foreigners want to stay in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/increasing-numbers-of-foreigners-want-to-stay-in-poland-1250<p>More and more foreigners want to stay in Poland for a longer time, Jakub Dudziak from the Office for Foreigners (UDSC) told PAP.</p>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:21:00 +0200A Beast, a God, and a Line: New exhibition of contemporary Asian and Pacific art opens in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1248<p>How do people, resources and ideas travel across borders and oceans? This broad question is explored in “A Beast, a God, and a Line”, a new exhibition of contemporary art from Asia and the Pacific region.</p>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:59:00 +0200PGE launches new venture capital fund for innovationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pge-launches-new-venture-capital-fund-for-innovation-1244<p>Poland’s largest energy group PGE has launched a venture capital fund aimed primarily at investing in Polish innovation.</p>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:28:00 +0200Govt. cuts permanent residency wait for non-EU immigrants by halfhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-cuts-permanent-residency-wait-for-non-eu-immigrants-by-half-1241<p>The government is planning to make it easier for foreigners to work in Poland and to bring their families with them as the country wrestles with a severe labour shortage.</p>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:00:00 +0200200 foreign nationals to learn Polish in Cieszynhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/200-foreign-nationals-to-learn-polish-in-cieszyn-1246<p>Two hundred people from 30 countries will learn the basics of the Polish language and culture during courses at the Summer School of Polish Language, which will be held by the Silesian University in Cieszyn (southern Poland).</p>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:39:00 +0200Crusty old milk bars have undergone a revolution to become the new taste of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crusty-old-milk-bars-have-undergone-a-revolution-to-become-the-new-taste-of-poland-1237<p>Though it may be tempting to create a romantic Polish culinary past, of rolling hills and agroturismo homesteads where kindly ladies bustle about kitchens making pierogi, nothing could be more representative of Polish cuisine than the humble milk bar.</p>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:15:00 +0200New film tells the incredible story of secret society which compiled documents detailing the horrors of the Holocausthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-film-tells-the-incredible-story-of-secret-society-which-compiled-documents-detailing-the-horrors-of-the-holocaust-1233<p>An extraordinary new film about a lesser-known heroism of WWII sees its premiere this week.</p>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:14:00 +0200Almost 3.2 mln passengers pass through Kraków Airport in Jan-Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-32-mln-passengers-pass-through-krakow-airport-in-jan-june-1231<p>Kraków Airport (southern Poland) has serviced over 3.192 mln passengers in the first six months of 2018. Compared with last year, it shows an increase of 18 percent. London, Frankfurt and Warsaw were the most popular routes operated by the Kraków Airport.</p>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:11:00 +0200PM Morawiecki presents outline of plan for Polish farmershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-presents-outline-of-plan-for-polish-farmers-1229<p>We want to base our plan for farmers on three pillars: protection, support and development, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday at a joint press conference with his Agriculture Minister Jan Ardanowski.</p>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:19:00 +0200Water lot of fun! World’s 2nd deepest diving centre and CEE’s biggest water theme park coming to Poland soonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-lot-of-fun-worlds-2nd-deepest-diving-centre-and-cees-biggest-water-theme-park-coming-to-poland-soon-1221<p>One of the world's deepest diving facilities is being built near Warsaw.</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:56:00 +0200Policemen honoured for providing security at football World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/policemen-honoured-for-providing-security-at-football-world-cup-1227<p>Poland's Deputy Interior Minister Jarosław Zieliński on Wednesday met the group of Polish policemen who helped provide security at the recent football World Cup in Russia, and praised them for working effectively on the international scene.</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:16:00 +0200Leading Polish security experts discuss future of NATO following Trump-Putin meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leading-polish-security-experts-discuss-future-of-nato-following-trump-putin-meeting-1219<p>Where is NATO heading and what are the implications for Poland’s security?</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:51:00 +0200Polish composer's masterpiece to open Salzburg Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-composers-materpiece-to-open-salzburg-festival-1215<p>St. Luke Passion by a renowned Polish contemporary composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, will open the 98th Salzburg Festival, one of Europe's most important summer music festivals, to be held on July 20 - August 30.</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:36:00 +0200Poland soars in wellbeing reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-soars-in-wellbeing-report-1217<p>Poland scored highly in equality and health along with education, infrastructure and civil society.</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:29:00 +0200Julie Engelbrecht stars in Pasikowski’s film about Jan Nowak Jeziorańskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/julie-engelbrecht-stars-in-pasikowskis-film-about-jan-nowak-jezioranski-24<p>Julie Engelbrecht stars in Pasikowski’s film about Jan Nowak Jeziorański</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:08:00 +0200New WWII film tells the dramatic story of Polish ‘James Bond’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-wwii-film-tells-the-dramatic-story-of-polish-james-bond-1211<p>Polish war hero Jan Nowak Jeziorański hits the big screen in new James Bond-style action film.</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:42:00 +0200Polish industrial production up in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-production-up-in-june-1209<p>Industrial output in Poland increased by 6.8 percent year on year in June 2018 after a 5.4 percent increase year on year in May, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:20:00 +0200Poland steams into 2nd place triumph ahead of 6 other nations in Athletic World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-steams-into-2nd-place-triumph-ahead-of-6-other-nations-in-athletic-world-cup-1203<p>Successes in hammer throwing, 1500m run, triple jump and shot put ensured Poland’s brilliant achievement.</p>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:57:00 +0200Humanitarian aid funds have increased sixfold since 2015https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/humanitarian-aid-funds-have-increased-sixfold-since-2015-1201<p>Since 2015, the resources allocated by the Polish government to humanitarian aid have increased sixfold, Polish Humanitarian Aid Minister Beata Kempa said after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:46:00 +0200Man told he has weeks left before losing his eyesight cycles from Poland to Croatia so he can see the Adriatic Seahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-told-he-has-weeks-left-before-losing-his-eyesight-forever-cycles-from-poland-to-croatia-so-he-can-see-the-adriatic-sea-1197<p>It took nearly-blind Marcin two weeks to cycle 700km from his hometown in Nowy Targ to Zagreb.</p>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:04:00 +0200Titan of music Wojciech Kilar would have been 86 todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/titan-of-music-wojciech-kilar-would-have-been-86-today-1195<p>When asked by Francis Ford Coppola to compose the music for his new film Dracula, Kilar said: “To quote ‘The Godfather’ it was an offer I couldn't refuse.”</p>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:21:00 +0200Polish banks see surge in foreign customershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banks-see-surge-in-foreign-customers-1193<p>With Polish portals offering comparisons of the best bank accounts for non-residents, foreigners working in the country can make an informed choice.</p>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:50:00 +0200Hurricane winds force ‘Righteous’ sailor to abandon Atlantic crossing – but he’ll be backhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hurricane-winds-force-righteous-sailor-to-abandon-atlantic-crossing--but-hell-be-back-1190<p>Hurricane Chris, which raged east of the United Stated forced the sailor to seek shelter in the port of Halifax. The high possibility of another storm brewing made it imprudent to attempt to cross the Atlantic in his small yacht.</p>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:59:00 +0200Holiday with a difference: The growing popularity of Poland’s thermal bath spashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holiday-with-a-difference-the-growing-popularity-of-polands-thermal-bath-spas-1184<p>One of the greatest advantages of thermal bath spas near the Tatra mountains are the spectacular views from the outdoor and indoor swimming pools as well as from the jacuzzis.</p>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:00:00 +0200Secretariat for Interparliamentary Cooperation of CEE established in Sejmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secretariat-for-interparliamentary-cooperation-of-cee-established-in-sejm-1182<p>The Secretariat for Interparliamentary Cooperation of Central and Eastern Europe has been established in the Sejm (lower house), Sejm Speaker Marek Kuchciński wrote on Twitter on Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:33:00 +0200ETNOmania festival sees thousands descend on tiny villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/etnomania-festival-sees-thousands-descend-on-tiny-village-1178<p>Each year the festival is given a different theme, with this year’s theme - ‘Close to culture, close to nature’ – looking to teach visitors about the natural world.</p>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:27:00 +0200Majority of Poles positive about their financial situationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-positive-about-their-financial-situation-1176<p>Sixty-eight percent of Poles expressed a positive opinion about their financial situation, while 22 percent said their situation had worsened over the year, the KRD Economic Information Bureau said in a report.</p>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:39:00 +0200She’s Ace! Poland’s Iga Świątek wins girl’s junior Wimbledonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shes-ace-polands-iga-swiatek-wins-girls-junior-wimbledon-1173<p>Although Saturday’s win was Iga’s first Grand Slam title, this is not the first international success for the rising tennis star.</p>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:03:00 +0200Getting crafty in the Great Outdoorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-crafty-in-the-great-outdoors-1164<p>"Survival", or more fashionably, "Bushcraft" vacations are increasingly becoming the recreation of choice for many Poles.</p>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:39:00 +0200Marcin Maciejowski: Creator of 'second-hand' realityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marcin-maciejowski-creator-of-second-hand-reality-1149<p>Painter and creator of comic strip and press illustrations, Maciejowski’s art is best defined as ‘narrative realism’.</p>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 15:53:00 +0200IATA ok's Central Transportation Porthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iata-oks-central-transportation-port-1161<p>The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has voiced support for Poland's Central Transportation Port project, Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk informed on Saturday in Brzesko, southeastern Poland.</p>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 15:44:00 +0200Pinball Wizards! Tourism With A Twist For The Alternative Traveller…https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pinball-wizards-tourism-with-a-twist-for-the-alternative-traveller-1124<p>Intrepid travellers to Poland have been increasingly enthralled by the wild and the weird - these Pinball museums in Kraków and Warsaw are both, and they don’t disappoint.</p>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 15:38:00 +0200Battle of Grunwald Staging 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/battle-of-grunwald-staging-2018-26<p>Grunwald Days are underway, culminating in the staging of the historic Battle of Grunwald. On Juy 15th, 1410 the armies of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania decisively defeated the German–Prussian Teutonic Knights. For the 21st time, enthusiast of history, knightly chivalry and medieval battles gather to re-enact the fight in one of the biggest battle stagings in the world. The winners, like every year, are easy to predict.</p>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:39:00 +0200On the anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald, The First News looks back at its significancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-grunwald-the-first-news-looks-back-at-its-significance-1156<p>The battle carried a special significance for Poles during the 123-year period when the nation did not exist on any map.</p>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 09:33:00 +0200In search of lost timehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-search-of-lost-time-1147<p>An enterprising duo are reviving Polish Jewish history, one piece at a time.</p>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 20:27:00 +0200Neolithic village discovered in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/neolithic-village-discovered-in-poland-1144<p>The settlement’s founders belonged to a group which inhabited current-day southern Scandinavia, Germany and Poland from 4,300 to 2,800 BC.</p>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 15:10:00 +0200'Following I.B. Singer's Traces 2018' festival starts on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/following-ib-singers-traces-2018-festival-starts-on-monday-1142<p>Twelve towns in the Lublin region of eastern Poland, which were written about by Nobel Prize winner Izaak Baszewis Singer, will be visited by artists and performers from around the world during the eighth 'Following I.B. Singer's Traces' festival, which starts on Monday.</p>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 13:44:00 +0200US-Polish health agreement "historic" says Polish Health Ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-polish-health-agreement-historic-says-polish-health-minister-1140<p>An agreement signed on Friday between Poland and the USA on biomedical science is the first such agreement signed with the US by a free Poland, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski has said, calling it "a historic event."</p>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:58:00 +0200Full text of Polish literature’s oldest masterpiece foundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/full-text-of-polish-literatures-oldest-masterpiece-found-1138<p>The discovery of Polikarp’s Dialogue with Death, with a complete Polish text of 918 verses, makes it the biggest event in the country’s language and literature scholarship for several decades.</p>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 10:28:00 +0200Senate adopts bill on higher education and sciencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-adopts-bill-on-higher-education-and-science-1135<p>The Polish Senate (upper house) on Friday night adopted a draft law on higher education and science, with amendments. Dubbed 'Bill 2.0,' the bill introduces the first comprehensive reform of Poland's scientific research system in more than 12 years.</p>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 09:14:00 +0200Reports of rampaging giant snake send media hiss-tericalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reports-of-rampaging-giant-snake-send-media-hiss-terical-1133<p>The 15-foot python was allegedly found by fishermen near Warsaw.</p>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 09:07:00 +0200Unemployment down thanks to good tax policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-down-thanks-to-good-tax-policy-1131<p>Unemployment in Poland has dropped thanks to the government's well-weighed tax and development policy, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday in Olsztyn, northern Poland.</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 23:02:00 +0200Wisłoujście 1628 Historical Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/wisloujscie-1628-historical-festival-23<p>The Wisłujście Fortress located by the Martwa Wisła river, an estuary of Vistula, was the stage of battle between Polish and Swedish forces in 1628. 390 years later, it is once again a witness of a great battle – this time between the 200 members of reconstruction groups, who present the fighting techniques and armaments of the XVII century Polish and Swedish warriors and soldiers.</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:35:00 +0200Air traffic in Poland on the uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/air-traffic-in-poland-on-the-up-1122<p>Poland remains the fastest-growing aviation market in Europe, with growth of 10%, compared to a European average of 7%.</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:24:00 +0200President Duda: Dispute within limits marked out by responsibilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-dispute-within-limits-marked-out-by-responsibility-1129<p>Disputes are a natural thing but they must be held within limits set by a sense of responsibility for our community, President Andrzej Duda on Friday told a National Assembly sitting called in connection with this year's Polish independence centenary.</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:01:00 +0200Inflation in June was ‘moderate', says Poland’s Central Statistical Officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-in-june-was-moderate-says-polands-central-statistical-office-1126<p>Looking further ahead, the National Bank of Poland expects inflation to increase in coming years.</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:50:00 +0200Polish parliamentarism is our own achievementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliamentarism-is-our-own-achievement-1120<p>"We, Poles, did not receive our parliamentarism as a gift, nor did anyone impose it on us, it is our own achievement," President Andrzej Duda said in a Friday's address to the National Assembly on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the Polish parliament.</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:24:00 +0200Jerzy Brzęczek is named Poland’s new national team manager - but who is he?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jerzy-brzeczek-is-named-polands-new-national-team-manager---but-who-is-he-1118<p>Brzęczek’s appointment comes as a surprise given that he has spent just one season in the top flight of Polish football.</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:31:00 +0200Two Poles honoured in London for helping Jews during Holocausthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-poles-honoured-in-london-for-helping-jews-during-holocaust-1115<p>The London Jewish community on Thursday honoured persons who helped Jews during the Holocaust, including two Poles, Irena Sendler and Janusz Korczak, by unveiling commemorative plaques dedicated to them at the Hoop Lane cemetery, located north of the city.</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:03:00 +0200The man who told the world about the Holocaust - and wasn’t believedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-who-told-the-world-about-the-holocaust---and-wasnt-believed-1109<p>Today marks the 18th anniversary of the death of Jan Karski, the man who told the Allies about WWII atrocities in German Nazi-occupied Poland.</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:14:00 +0200Flying high as Poland and Italy sign letter of intent for new attack chopperhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flying-high-as-poland-and-italy-sign-letter-of-intent-for-new-attack-chopper-1107<p>The new helicopter will come with a formidable 20mm gun on its chin and carry advanced missile systems, all of which should revolutionise Poland’s current fleet.</p>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:42:00 +0200One of the world’s most influential writers, today marks the 126th anniversary of Bruno Schulz’s birthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-the-worlds-most-influential-writers-today-marks-the-126th-anniversary-of-bruno-schulzs-birth-1105<p>Killed by the German Nazis while writing his novel Messiah, the manuscript went missing and is now considered one of the Holy Grails of literature.</p>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:54:00 +0200Summit proved NATO's unity, focus on higher spendinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/summit-proved-natos-unity-focus-on-higher-spending-1103<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday that the latest NATO summit proved the alliance's unity and a focus on higher defence spending, for which Poland has already been praised by the US head of state, Donald Trump.</p>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:11:00 +0200Poland is one of the EU’s main exporters of bananashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-one-of-the-eus-main-exporters-of-bananas-1100<p>Great Britain, Germany, France, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary and the Netherlands make up 10 percent of the export destinations.</p>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:30:00 +0200Polish lawyer in solo voyage across the Atlantic to raise awareness of Righteous Among the Nationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lawyer-in-solo-voyage-across-the-atlantic-to-raise-awareness-of-righteous-among-the-nations-1094<p>Capt. Biliński hopes the message about the deeds of the Righteous Among the Nations will be carried between people and vessels he meets along the way.</p>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:34:00 +0200Polish scientists working on innovative satellite systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-working-on-innovative-satellite-system-1091<p>The SatRevolution company, dealing with creating satellite systems, and the Space Garden company, have agreed on scientific cooperation in the KRAKSat project - the world's first satellite using magnetic fluid to control its orientation.</p>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 07:32:00 +0200Bossa nova turned 60 this week. The First News looks at its influence on Polish musichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bossa-nova-turned-60-this-week-the-first-news-looks-at-its-influence-on-polish-music-1072<p>For those who know their Polish artists, the list influenced by bossa nova reads like a venerable Who’s Who.</p>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 22:13:00 +0200Volhynia massacre shocks with cruelty and planned methodologyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volhynia-massacre-shocks-with-cruelty-and-planned-methodology---president-1069<p>The Volhynia massacre shocks not only with the number of those killed, not only with its cruelty, but also with its planned methodology, President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter read at ceremonies in Warsaw on Wednesday marking the 75th anniversary of the tragic events.</p>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:15:00 +0200Poland manager quits after poor World Cup performancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-manager-quits-after-poor-world-cup-performance-1067<p>Arguably the most successful national football team manager since the 1980s, Adam Nawałka steps down after five years following the decision to not prolong his contract.</p>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:37:00 +0200Doctors carry out ‘miracle’ surgery on boy born without eyes and nosehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doctors-carry-out-miracle-surgery-on-boy-born-without-eyes-and-nose-1065<p>Warsaw surgeons took six hours to carry out the operation, the first stage in a process to reconstruct the boy’s face.</p>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:19:00 +0200Poland and Israel to strengthen cooperation in technology and start-upshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-israel-to-strengthen-cooperation-in-technology-and-start-ups-1062<p>Israel is often referred to as the ‘start-up nation’ and Poland wants to attract Israeli technology and start-up companies to Poland.</p>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:56:00 +0200Ericsson to cooperate with Łódź special economic zone on 5Ghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ericsson-to-cooperate-with-lodz-special-economic-zone-on-5g-1059<p>Ericsson, in cooperation with the Łódź Special Economic Zone and Spark Startup, will support SMEs working on 5G-based solutions under a letter of intent signed in Łódź (central Poland) on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:57:00 +0200NATO's policy good for Poland's securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/natos-policy-good-for-polands-security-1057<p>The direction that NATO is heading in is good for Poland's security, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Wednesday morning before his departure for a NATO summit in Brussels.</p>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:39:00 +0200Poland for reasonable Brexit talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-reasonable-brexit-talks-1055<p>Poland is for reasonable Brexit negotiations and wants the closest-possible cooperation with Britain in economy and security, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday after the Western Balkans Summit in London.</p>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:40:00 +0200Volhynia victims commemorated in European Parliament in Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volhynia-victims-commemorated-in-european-parliament-in-brussels-1053<p>The victims of the World War II Volhynia Massacre were commemorated in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, with the launch of an exhibition entitled "Unfinished Volhynia Holy Masses," about Polish clergymen killed in the massacre.</p>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:30:00 +0200Gliding World Championships are underway and one man looks set to win. Again. He’s Poland’s Dr. Sebastian Kawahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gliding-world-championships-are-underway-and-one-man-looks-set-to-win-again-hes-polands-dr-sebastian-kawa-1049<p>With 27 World Championship medals, including 22 golds, Sebastian Kawa holds the most World Champion titles in gliding history. And now he wants more.</p>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:41:00 +0200Artisan Polish company ‘restomod' classic Porsche 911 - and the results are stunninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artisan-polish-company-restomod-classic-porsche-911---and-the-results-are-stunning-1047<p>Rally drivers, Michał Małuszyński and Krzysztof Hołowczyc, have developed a highly modified 911 to be unveiled at Britain’s Goodwood Festival of Speed</p>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:36:00 +0200Polish PM arrives in London for Berlin Process summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-london-for-berlin-process-summit<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has arrived in London to take part in the Berlin Process summit in London on Tuesday devoted to the European integration of six Western Balkans countries.</p>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:38:00 +0200Is Poland’s Suwałki Gap Europe’s Achilles’ Heel? Think tank analyses NATO strategy ahead of Putin-Trump summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-polands-suwalki-gap-europes-achilles-heel-think-tank-analyses-nato-strategy-ahead-of-putin-trump-summit-1037<p>The best way to avoid a Russian attack on the Baltic States is to convince Moscow to avoid testing NATO in the first place, say report authors.</p>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:28:00 +0200Poland to sign deal on biomedical cooperation with US this weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-sign-deal-on-biomedical-cooperation-with-us-this-week-1035<p>Polish Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski will sign an agreement on July 13 with United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, under which both countries will work together in the sphere of biomedical sciences.</p>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:55:00 +0200Out of Africa - in an electric car: The Polish explorer who drove across Africa in search of clean energyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/out-of-africa---in-an-electric-car-the-first-news-talks-to-polish-explorer-who-drove-across-africa-in-search-of-clean-energy-1034<p>His grandfather was a renowned explorer, prolific writer and author of the film-inspiring book Squadron 303. But after taking 97 days to drive 15,176km across Africa in an electric car, Arkady Fiedler (jnr) is pretty impressive too. The First News went to meet him.</p>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:31:00 +0200Polish and Israeli stock exchanges on verge of signing letter of intent for cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-israeli-stock-exchanges-on-verge-of-signing-letter-of-intent-for-cooperation-1033<p>The agreement will help the Polish stock exchange to attract Israeli start-up and technology companies to invest in the Polish stock exchange.</p>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:30:00 +0200Taiwanese man cycling round the world makes Polish pit stophttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-1032<p>Jacky Chen had slept with coyotes in Alaska, had his bike stolen in Canada and his baggage in Mexico before stopping off to visit Polish pal in Gdańsk.</p>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:39:00 +0200Polish-born writer joins A-list of authors after winning the Strega Prizehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-born-writer-joins-a-list-of-authors-after-winning-the-strega-prize-1031<p>Janeczek is the first female author to win the most prestigious Italian literary award in fifteen years.</p>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:29:00 +0200PM dismisses populist tag and stands up for Govt. policieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-dismisses-populist-tag-and-stands-up-for-govt-policies-1029<p>PM Morawiecki says that by cracking down on corruption the EU could ease some of the “populist-related tensions” that now plague it.</p>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:09:00 +0200Celebrating 550 years of parliamentarism in the Republic of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/celebrating-550-years-of-parliamentarism-in-the-republic-of-poland-1028<p>A plaque commemorating the 550th anniversary of parliamentarism in the Republic of Poland was unveiled by Marek Kuchciński, the Speaker of the Sejm (lower house), in Koło (central Poland).</p><p><br></p>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 19:45:00 +0200MEP defends judicial reforms and hits out at EU’s ‘degenerate’ liberalismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mep-defends-judicial-reforms-and-hits-out-at-eus-degenerate-liberalism-1027<p>“More than 80 percent of Poles want the legal system to be reformed,” says MEP Ryszard Legutko.</p>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 17:39:00 +0200Polish President attends Volhynia Massacre anniversary observanceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-attends-volhynia-massacre-anniversary-observances-1026<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda in Ukraine on Sunday took part in observances marking the 75th anniversary of the Volhynia Massacre and paid homage to the victims.</p>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 16:16:00 +0200‘The Pianist’ hero Władyslaw Szpilman died 18 years ago this week. The First News talks to his wife Halina and son Andrzejhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-pianist-hero-wladyslaw-szpilman-died-18-years-ago-this-week-the-first-news-talks-to-his-wife-halina-and-son-andrzej-1025<p>The film won 3 Oscars and the hearts and minds of audiences all around the world. But Szpilman’s son, Andrzej, says his father probably wouldn’t have watched it.</p>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 15:36:00 +0200Raunchy and uncompromising, meet Natalia LLhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/raunchy-and-uncompromising-meet-natalia-ll-1001<p>One of Poland’s most iconic artists, Natalia LL used sexual imagery as a social commentary about communism and consumerism.</p>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 13:14:00 +0200Rzeszów: The South East’s Little Secrethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rzeszow-the-south-easts-little-secret-1019<p>The First News goes way down south to explore the little gem of Rzeszów.</p>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 07:39:00 +0200One for all, all for V4? The First News talks to Wojciech Przybylski, editor-in-chief of the Visegrad Insighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-for-all-all-for-v4-the-first-news-talks-to-wojciech-przybylski-editor-in-chief-of-the-visegrad-insight-1024<p>V4 might sound like the name of a Ducati sport bike (which coincidentally it is), but it’s also the short name for the Visegrad Group – an alliance of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.</p>Sat, 07 Jul 2018 19:55:00 +0200Polish archaeologists discover medieval graves in Sicilyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-discover-medieval-graves-in-sicily<p>The over 800-year-old burial sites were discovered by Polish archaeologists during excavations next to the medieval church of San Michele del Golfo near Palermo in Sicily.</p>Sat, 07 Jul 2018 15:58:00 +0200Having a whale of a time: Ex-estate agent ditches rat race to start Slow Life Whale shophttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/having-a-whale-of-a-time-ex-estate-agent-ditches-rat-race-to-start-slow-life-whale-shop-1022<p>Artur Klonowski swapped consumerism for minimalism to lead Poland’s Slow Life movement. The First News caught up with him at his trendy store in Poznań.</p>Sat, 07 Jul 2018 14:42:00 +0200Sixth 'Emanations' International Music Festival to focus on Polish musichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixth-emanations-international-music-festival-to-focus-on-polish-music-1021<p>An inaugural concert at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre (ECMKP) in Lusławice, southern Poland, will open the sixth 'Emanations' (Emanacje) International Music Festival on Saturday.</p><p><br></p>Sat, 07 Jul 2018 13:11:00 +0200(We will get some) Satisfaction!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-will-get-some-satisfaction-1020<p>On the eve of The Rolling Stones’ Warsaw gig, The First News talks to Daniel Wyszogrodzki, author of the bestselling book Satysfakcja – historia The Rolling Stones (Satisfaction – The History of Rolling Stones).</p>Sat, 07 Jul 2018 09:40:00 +0200Poland explores secrets of red planethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-explores-secrets-of-red-planet-1018<p>Poland is getting increasingly involved in space research, most notably in the development and construction of Mars rovers.</p>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:25:00 +0200Purrfect: Hero cops save abandoned kittenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/purrfect-hero-cops-save-abandoned-kittens-1017<p>Adorable kittens are Feline Fine after being saved from bus stop box.</p>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:51:00 +0200Warsaw Citadel to host Polish History Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-citadel-to-host-polish-history-museum-1016<p>It is our duty to hand over the new seat of the Polish History Museum to Poles as soon as possible, Culture Minister Piotr Gliński said on Friday at a cornerstone ceremony for the museum in the Warsaw Citadel complex.</p>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:24:00 +0200Eco-bomb ticking: WWII shipwreck threatens Baltic Seahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-bomb-ticking-wwii-shipwreck-threatens-baltic-sea-1015<p>A WWII German tanker sunk off the coast of Poland poses an ecological disaster, say experts.</p>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 16:08:00 +0200Progressive Judaism happily at home in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/progressive-judaism-happily-at-home-in-warsaw-1014<p>There are no official statistics for how many followers of Progressive Judaism live in Poland, but it is estimated that it is almost half of the Jewish community.</p>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:16:00 +0200MiG-29 flights suspended until crash explainedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mig-29-flights-suspended-until-crash-explained-1013<p>Poland will suspend all flights of Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter planes until Friday's crash of one of the aircraft is explained by a state commission, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced at a press conference on Friday.</p>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:00:00 +0200Polish foreign minister welcomes Japanese counterparthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-minister-welcomes-japanese-counterpart-1012<p>Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Friday morning received Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Taro Kono at the Foreign Ministry in Warsaw. The two officials are to discuss bilateral relations and security issues.</p>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 13:51:00 +0200Labour Ministry: Poland's unemployment likely down to 5.9 pct in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-ministry-polands-unemployment-likely-down-to-59-pct-in-june-1011<p>Poland's unemployment rate likely went down to 5.9 percent in June 2018 from 6.1 percent in May, according to an estimate published by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy on Friday.</p>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:50:00 +0200Goal in a box: Polish company supplying all the goal posts for Russia World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/goal-in-a-box-polish-company-supplying-all-the-goal-posts-for-russia-world-cup-1009<p>A full goal post and net are packaged in a single cardboard box.</p>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 21:12:00 +020031st International Festival of Street Theatre starts todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/31st-international-festival-of-street-theatre-starts-today-1008<p>The annual event is one of Kraków’s most colourful and vibrant traditions.</p>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:13:00 +0200Remembering Maria: The life and times of one of the world’s greatest female scientists, Maria Skłodowska-Curiehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-maria-the-life-and-times-of-one-of-the-worlds-greatest-female-scientists-maria-sklodowska-curie-1007<p>A Polish-born physicist and chemist, Maria became one of the most famous scientists of her time. In 1903 she was awarded the Nobel Prize, and went on to win another just eight years later.</p>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:14:00 +0200Polish gov't endorses bill on army command structurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-endorses-bill-on-army-command-structure-1006<p>The Polish cabinet on Thursday approved a bill that changes the Polish armed forces' command and control structure, the Defence Ministry said in a news release.</p>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:54:00 +0200EU member states want to hear Poland's arguments againhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-member-states-want-to-hear-polands-arguments-again-1005<p>Representatives of EU member states have decided to hold another hearing of Poland under the Article 7 procedure that the European Commission (EC) launched in December 2017, PAP was told by an EU diplomatic source. The hearing will take place in September.</p>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:57:00 +0200Greece maintains its status as the hottest tourist destination for Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/greece-maintains-its-status-as-the-hottest-tourist-destination-for-poles<p>Polish tourist agencies see surge in customers, with Greece being the top spot to holiday.</p>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:50:00 +0200Powerful Polish film nominated for European Parliament awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-polish-film-nominated-for-european-parliament-award-1003<p>The awards committee emphasised that "Mug" is "a very human film, which shows a reluctance to change within Polish society."</p>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 19:19:00 +0200Senate speaker launches 'Summer with Poland' programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-launches-summer-with-poland-programme-999<p>I'm glad that young Poles living beyond the borders can come to the country of their ancestors - to their country; get to know the culture, history and forge friendships, Senate (upper house) Speaker Stanisław Karczewski said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 15:12:00 +0200Poland and Israel issue joint declaration on future relationship following WWII rowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-israel-issue-joint-declaration-on-future-relationship-following-wwii-row-998<p>Joint statement calls for ‘a common responsibility to conduct free research, to promote understanding and to preserve the memory of the history of the Holocaust.’</p>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 14:55:00 +0200Discussion, cooperation, coordination, negotiations are EU's DNAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/discussion-cooperation-coordination-negotiations-are-eus-dna-997<p>Discussion, cooperation, coordination and negotiations are the real DNA of the European project, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in his address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday during a debate on the future of the EU.</p>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 12:55:00 +0200Govt. votes on education reformshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-votes-in-education-reforms-996<p>The reforms follow recommendations from representatives of three different universities.</p>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 12:40:00 +0200Death of Polish WWII leader General Sikorski commemorated on 75th anniversary of ‘mysterious Gibraltar plane crash’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/death-of-polish-wwii-leader-general-sikorski-commemorated-on-75th-anniversary-of-mysterious-gibraltar-plane-crash-995<p>Suspects in the death of General Sikorski include double agent Kim Philby and even British PM Winston Churchill.</p>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 12:04:00 +0200Recycling app for children wins energy awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/recycling-app-for-children-wins-energy-award-993<p>The app is a response to the shortage of games for children highlighting the importance of recycling.</p>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:27:00 +0200Poland ready to cooperate with Germany on migrationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-to-cooperate-with-germany-on-migration-992<p>Poland's eastern border is also the EU's external border, so if migrants get through Poland to Germany, Warsaw is ready to cooperate with Berlin within the current law, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in Warsaw on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:10:00 +0200Here comes the sun: Lithuania pours millions into Polish solar energyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-comes-the-sun-lithuania-pours-millions-into-polish-solar-energy-991<p>The investment will help Poland meet EU energy requirements.</p>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 18:01:00 +0200Netflix to Release The Witcher Series at End-2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/netflix-to-release-the-witcher-series-at-end-2019-990<p>Poland’s biggest cultural export of the millennium, The Witcher, is now set to be major series on Netflix.</p>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:32:00 +0200Polish bus maker Solaris gets Spanish investorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bus-maker-solaris-gets-spanish-investor-989<p>Spanish train manufacturer CAF is to become a new investor in the Polish Solaris Bus &amp; Coach company, Solaris said in a Tuesday statement. The Monday-signed deal lets CAF further negotiate the details of the transaction.</p>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:42:00 +0200South Korean spy comedy set in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/south-korean-spy-comedy-set-in-warsaw-988<p>New TV series filmed in Warsaw expected to boost tourism.</p>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 11:39:00 +0200Poland supports an ambitious EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-an-ambitious-eu-budget---fm-987<p>Poland would like the next EU budget to be more ambitious and is ready to pay more to the European coffers to keep the cohesion policy spending unchanged and to meet new challenges, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in an interview with PAP.</p>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 11:01:00 +0200Best European thrillers to compete in Polish seaside resorthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/best-european-thrillers-to-compete-in-polish-seaside-resort-986<p>Almost 50 thriller feature films from all over Europe will be shown in Kołobrzeg on the Polish Baltic coast at the international Suspense Film Festival organised for the seventh time.</p><article><br></article>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 23:52:00 +0200The aim of our foreign policy is to improve Poles' liveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-aim-of-our-foreign-policy-is-to-improve-poles-lives<p>The aim of our foreign policy is not a rise in Poland's position in rankings, but to improve the security and real-life situation of Poles, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday during the Conference of Ambassadors in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 23:41:00 +0200PMI on the uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pmi-on-the-up-984<p>Poland’s PMI at its highest for five months.</p>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 23:08:00 +0200Poland’s ‘Mozart of poetry’, Wisława Szymborska, would have been 95 todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-mozart-of-poetry-wislawa-szymborska-would-have-been-95-today-983<p>The Nobel laureate may have passed away in 2012, but her legacy is just as relevant as ever.</p>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 17:04:00 +0200Legendary WWII story of Polish RAF pilots to hit the big screenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/legendary-wwii-story-of-polish-raf-pilots-to-hit-the-big-screen-980<p>The trailer for a new blockbuster about the vital role of Polish pilots in the Battle of Britain has been released.</p>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:52:00 +0200PGNiG right to demand fair price: Gazprom to cough up cashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgnig-right-to-demand-fair-price-gazprom-to-cough-up-cash-974<p>The Arbitration Tribunal in Stockholm, Sweden, ruled on Saturday that Poland's national gas company, PGNiG, is justified in demanding lower gas prices from the Russian gas giant, Gazprom.</p>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:27:00 +0200Israel distinguishes Jewish Festival authorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israel-distinguishes-jewish-festival-author-973<p>Janusz Makuch, initiator and director of the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, south Poland, has received Israel's "Friend of Israel" distinction marking the 70th anniversary of the country's foundation. Makuch is the only Pole to receive the title.</p>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 23:43:00 +0200Volvo Gdynia Sailing Days 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/volvo-gdynia-sailing-days-2018<p>Volvo Gdynia Sailing Days is one of the most prestigious regatta cycles in the country and, at the same time, the biggest sailing event in this part of the Baltic Sea basin. Participants will compete in 18 regatta classes, with the sailing capital of Poland hosting players from all around the world for the 19th time.</p><p>This year more than 2,000 sailors will start at Volvo Gdynia Sailing Days. The most important competition of this year's edition can be considered the European Championships in the Olympic classes 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17, ie flying skiffs and catamarans.</p>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 18:50:00 +0200Former PM-in-exile Sikorski commemorated on death anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-pm-in-exile-sikorski-commemorated-on-death-anniversary-972<p>Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak called General Władysław Sikorski one of Poland's heroes at Sunday observances of the 75th anniversary of the general's death in his birthplace Tuszów Narodowy in southeastern Poland.</p>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 17:44:00 +0200Poland denies migrant repatriation deal with Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-denies-migrant-repatriation-deal-with-germany-971<p>Polish government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcińska has denied reports that that Poland has entered into an agreement on the repatriation of asylum seekers from other EU countries.</p>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 16:15:00 +0200Poznań: A dazzling bright lighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-a-dazzling-bright-light-970<p>Diligent, business-like and prudent: that’s the average Poznanian or, at least, that’s the standard stereotype.</p>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 15:54:00 +0200Poland's mayors say 'no' to racismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-mayors-say-no-to-racism-969<p>The mayors of several cities across Poland have signed a joint statement declaring a "zero tolerance" policy towards racism, xenophobia and antisemitism.</p>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 12:34:00 +0200Stairway to heaven? Look againhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stairway-to-heaven-look-again-954<p>Monika Sosnowska, the contemporary Polish artist known for her grand-scale installations and sculptural works, inhabits a strange world.</p>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 09:44:00 +0200Polish hip hop goes down in historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hip-hop-goes-down-in-history-967<p>Poland's expansive hip-hop scene will soon be honoured when the Silesian Museum in Katowice opens a new exhibition dedicated to the Polish groups and fans that made the style so popular in the 1990s.</p>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 21:00:00 +0200Polish industry giants raise money for sick childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industry-giants-raise-money-for-sick-children-966<p>Polish industry giants are set to go to sea for a noble purpose.</p>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 19:08:00 +0200Centenary of Women’s First Vote In Shade of Independence Celebrationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/centenary-of-womens-first-vote-in-shade-of-independence-celebrations-964<p>The first free elections in Polish modern history often overshadow another victory.</p>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 15:52:00 +0200Millions of Poles will become owners instead of lessees - PM Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/millions-of-poles-will-become-owners-instead-of-lessees---pm-morawiecki-963<p>The government is working on a bill that will transform perpetual usufruct into full ownership so that about 2.5 million Polish citizens can become owners of the land they live on, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in the south-Polish city of Rzeszów on Saturday.</p>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 15:41:00 +0200Polish organic produce on show at New York food fairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-organic-produce-on-show-at-new-york-food-fair-962<p>Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Jacek Bogucki took part in the 2018 Summer Fancy Foods Show, which started in New York on Saturday.</p>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:54:00 +0200Poland to benefit from new European security initiativeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-up-to-two-european-security-initiatives-960<p>This week brought the announcement of two European security initiatives, which appear to be leading in similar yet separate directions.</p>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:35:00 +0200Polish athletics champion Irena Szewińska dies aged 72https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-athletics-champion-irena-szewinska-dies-aged-72-961<p>On Friday night, Irena Szewińska, the most famous athlete in Polish sport, died in Warsaw at the age of 72. During her career she won seven Olympic medals, was deputy president of the Polish Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).</p>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 10:38:00 +0200No formal procedure against Poland over Supreme Court lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-formal-procedure-against-poland-over-supreme-court-law-959<p>The European Commission (EC) has not made a formal decision to launch the EU law infringement procedure against Poland over the country's Supreme Court reform, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said after an EU summit in Brussels on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 23:17:00 +0200Poland becomes single special economic zonehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-becomes-single-special-economic-zone-958<p>Poland is about to become a single special economic zone – replacing an array of “special economic zones” offering tax incentives.</p>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 22:57:00 +0200Sławomir Mrożek: A Silent Wordsmithhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/slawomir-mrozek-a-silent-wordsmith-957<p>One of the most world-famous Polish contemporary playwrights would have been 88 today.</p>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:52:00 +0200Back from Russia with a goodbye goalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-from-russia-with-a-goodbye-goal-956<p>History likes to repeat itself and the performance of the Polish football team is just one such example.</p>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 16:09:00 +0200"Consistency in refugee relocation issue has paid off"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/consistency-in-refugee-relocation-issue-has-paid-off---polish-pm-955<p>"Our consistency in matters regarding refugees has paid off, we've strengthened our negotiating position. Now we must find effective mechanisms to defend our external borders," Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on the second day of the EU summit in Brussels on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:37:00 +0200Scandinavian baker opens factory in western Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scandinavian-baker-opens-factory-in-western-poland-940<p>Lantmannen Unibake, a Scandinavian bakery, has officially opened a new factory in Nowa Sól, western Poland. It is the most modern of the company's three facilities in Poland and second biggest in Europe.</p>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:30:00 +0200PGNiG to move away from Russian gashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgnig-to-move-away-from-russian-gas-953<p>Poland's national gas company, PGNiG, has signed a new long-term agreement with US companies – a move that will make Poland much less dependent on Russian gas.</p>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:03:00 +0200Young Arts Festival 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/young-arts-festival-2018-952<p dir="ltr">Third edition of classical music festival in Krosno. The motto of this year edition is “The Universum”.</p>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:37:00 +0200Poland's ruling party leader about Polish-Israeli declarationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ruling-party-leader-about-polish-israeli-declaration-938<p>The declaration signed by the Polish and Israeli PMs acknowledges Poland is right about its presentation of WW2 history, Poland's ruling party leader Jarosław Kaczyński said on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:04:00 +02004Wheelchair drive across Americashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/4wheelchair-drive-across-americas-937<p>Maciej Kamiński and Michał Woroch are back on the road, to complete their epic journey across the Americas.</p>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 20:59:00 +0200Lights, camera, action? The peculiar Polish theatre traditionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lights-camera-action-the-peculiar-polish-theatre-tradition-936<p>For over sixty-five years, Polish audiences have delighted in the weekly cultural tradition of classic and contemporary theatre broadcast live into the homes of millions.</p>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:43:00 +0200Poland supports Macedonia's EU, NATO bid - PM Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-macedonias-eu-nato-bid---pm-morawiecki-934<p>Poland supports Macedonia's efforts to become a member of the European Union and NATO, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a joint conference with his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev in Warsaw on Thursday.</p>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 14:02:00 +0200AMEX moving to Poland?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amex-moving-to-poland-933<p>Poland continues to be an attractive destination for the global banking sector.</p>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:17:00 +0200Royal flush: toilet design awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-flush-toliet-design-award-931<p>An annual design competition in Poland focuses on a specific piece of public infrastructure: toilets.</p>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:16:00 +0200Halfway Festival 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/halfway-festival-2018-932<p>Event involving songwriters, folk and alternative musicians.</p>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:23:00 +0200US State Department pleased with changes to Polish anti-defamation lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-state-department-pleased-with-changes-to-polish-anti-defamation-law-930<p>In a Wednesday press release, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said "the United States welcomes the Polish Parliament’s passage of amendments to its Institute of National Remembrance Law."</p>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:54:00 +0200Israeli PM's statement after Polish anti-defamation amendmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-pms-statement-after-polish-anti-defamation-amendment-929<p>The term "Polish death camps" is inappropriate, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in Tel Aviv, commenting on Poland's earlier revocation of clauses penalising suggestions of Polish complicity in WW2 Nazi crimes from an anti-defamation act passed last January.</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 20:32:00 +0200Gdańsk helps students get foot in the doorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-helps-students-get-foot-in-the-door-928<p>Over 370 paid internships have been offered to students and graduates in Gdańsk this summer as part of the “Vacation Internship” program.</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:15:00 +0200The Double Life of a Filmmaker’s Reputationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-927<p>Kieślowski, who would have been 77 today, won adulation abroad… but not necessarily at home.</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:17:00 +0200Festival Two Theaters 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/festival-two-theaters-2018-923<p>Festival celebrating Polish Radio Theatre and Polish Television Theatre, held once a year in Sopot.</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:50:00 +0200SMEs find new Polish ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smes-find-new-polish-ambassador-925<p>Poland has appointed Adam Abramowicz as spokesman for small and medium business enterprises.</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:24:00 +0200Polish presidential couple officially welcomed in Latviahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-officially-welcomed-in-latvia-924<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda were officially welcomed in Latvia by President Raimonds Vejonis and his wife Iveta Vejone on Wednesday morning. Political relations and security are key issues on the Polish president's agenda.</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:02:00 +0200Lukasz in the sky with trophieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/lukasz-in-the-sky-with-trophies<p>Łukasz Czepiela triumphed in the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest, winning the coveted Challenger Cup. He bettered Germany’s Florian Berger by 1.42 seconds in the final round. Czepiela advanced to the first place in the general ranking, drawing with Berger. It was the Pole's first win this season and third in his whole career in the most prestigious air racing cycle.</p><p>"I couldn’t believe that I managed to achieve such a good time. I approached the race relaxed, calm and I enjoyed my flight. My tactic was to fly economically -- I tried to avoid unnecessary movements of the yoke, which cause a lot of resistance and slow the plane down. I made very slow turns and it paid off. What makes me even happier, is that Florian Berger and I flew one of the slowest planes we had at our disposal and we still came first and second. It shows we had a good weekend,” commented Łukasz Czepiela after the race.</p><p>The Polish pilot has four more Red Bull Air Races ahead of him this year: August 25th-26th, in Kazan, Russia; September 15th-16th, in Wiener Neustadt, Austria; and October 6th-7th, in Indianapolis, United States. The location for the last one in November remains undecided. With luck, he might be the first Pole ever to win the prestigious cycle.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:39:00 +0200Polish archaeologist discovers hundreds of cave paintings in Tanzaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologist-discovers-hundreds-of-cave-paintings-in-tanzania<p>Hundreds of cave paintings, which may be several thousand years old, were discovered by Maciej Grzelczyk, a Polish archaeologist, on the territory of the Swaga Swaga reserve in Tanzania.</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 10:15:00 +0200World Tour Warsaw 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-tour-warsaw-2018-935<p>Beach Volleyball tournament returns to Warsaw.</p>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:09:00 +0200Polish development bank ready to finance regional investmentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-bank-ready-to-finance-regional-investments-914<p>Poland's state-owned development bank BGK is ready to take part in financing infrastructural investments in the Three Seas region. The value of the projects is estimated at EUR 100 bln, PAP was told by BGK CEO Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka.</p>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:50:00 +0200Final Six: Poland on last leg towards volleyball successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/final-six-poland-on-last-leg-towards-volleyball-success-913<p>The Polish National Volleyball Team will join five other countries competing in the Final Six next month – the last leg of the Nations League international tournament. &nbsp;</p>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:50:00 +0200Poland shows it’s ready for compromise in dispute with EC - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-shows-its-ready-for-compromise-in-dispute-with-ec---pm-912<p>Poland has tangible facts to present in the form of legal amendments it has introduced, which shows the country is willing to seek a compromise amid determination to reform its justice system, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:59:00 +0200100 years of Polish independence: museum launchedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/100-years-of-polish-independence-museum-launched-911<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday opened a Polish “Independence Museum” in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:47:00 +0200Poles on film!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-on-film-910<p>The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, known for The Oscars, has just announced a list of their new members. Among them are some brilliant Polish filmmakers.</p>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:30:00 +0200Concert: Guns N' Roseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/concert-guns-n-roses-909<p dir="ltr">The legendary band give a concert at Stadion ŚLĄSKI/Chorzów as part of their ‘NOT IN THIS LIFETIME TOUR’.</p>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:09:00 +0200Concert: Pearl Jamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/concert-pearl-jam-908<p dir="ltr">Pearl Jam play for the first time in Kraków. The band from Seattle give a concert in Poland as part of their European tour.</p>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 12:33:00 +0200Concert: The Rolling Stoneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-rolling-stones-907<p>The legends of rock give a concert in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 12:11:00 +0200Scrum on Poland! Poland has five pro rugby players - Mateusz Bartoszek is one of themhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scrum-on-poland-poland-has-five-pro-rugby-players---mateusz-bartoszek-is-one-of-them-906<p>“In France it’s kind of exotic to meet a Polish player because they think nobody plays rugby in Poland.”</p>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 07:17:00 +0200Immigration and tax havens – Morawiecki and Schaeuble talkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/immigration-and-tax-havens--morawiecki-and-schaeuble-talk-905<p>Strategies for good EU integration discussed.</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 21:04:00 +0200Reaching for the starshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reaching-for-the-stars-904<p>Poland and Israel sign space project agreement.</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 18:19:00 +0200President Duda, PM Morawiecki Poland's most trusted politicians - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-pm-morawiecki-polands-most-trusted-politicians---poll-903<p>Sixty-nine percent of Poles in a CBOS survey declared confidence in President Andrzej Duda, 57 percent in Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and 52 percent in Paweł Kukiz, the Kukiz'15 leader.</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 18:12:00 +0200Poland’s unemployment rate lowest since 1990https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-lowest-since-1990-902<p>Has been falling steadily for the past few years.</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:46:00 +0200Poland drops the ballhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-drops-the-ball-901<p>Poland’s World Cup hopes dashed in deciding match against Colombia.</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 14:50:00 +0200Poland likely to record budget surplus after May - Dep Fin Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-likely-to-record-budget-surplus-after-may---dep-fin-min-899<p>Poland will likely record a budget surplus after May 2018 while a deficit will appear in the second half of the year, Deputy Finance Minister Tomasz Robaczyński told PAP on Monday.</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 14:11:00 +0200Polish president's aide on EU mini-summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidents-aide-on-eu-mini-summit<p>Top aide to the Polish president, Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP that "it is clear that the migration crisis has been dividing Europe." The leaders of 16 EU countries met in Brussels on Sunday to seek a solution of the migration crisis. Poland did not attend.</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:01:00 +0200Spa town pre-school goes green with geothermal heatinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spa-town-pre-school-goes-green-with-geothermal-heating-896<p>The building uses geothermal waters beneath the town to heat it in winter and keep it cool during the summer.</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:46:00 +0200Transatlantyk Festival 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/transatlantyk-festival-2018-897<p dir="ltr">Myself, Freedom, Rebellion and Motherland are the first themes of this year's 8th edition of the Transatlantyk Festival in Łódź.</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:41:00 +0200Jarocin Festival 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jarocin-festival-2018-877-877-877<p>More hip-hop music in the capital of Polish rock.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:28:00 +0200Vision for Development Forum starts in Gdynia on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vision-for-development-forum-starts-in-gdynia-on-monday-893<p>Over 500 speakers are to address 91 panels during the first Forum Wizja Rozwoju (Vision for Development Forum), the largest economic event in northern Poland, starting on Monday.</p>Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:47:00 +0200Karski Eagle Awards granted to Ghetto Fighters' House, General Andershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/karski-eagle-awards-granted-to-ghetto-fighters-house-general-anders-892<p>The Ghetto Fighters' House in Israel and Polish WWII general Władysław Anders are the winners of this year's Karski Eagle Awards, a distinction granted to people and institutions promoting Poland's image and Polish-Jewish relations.</p>Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:39:00 +0200Artist turns gaze on himselfhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-turns-gaze-on-himself-891<p>The Polish contemporary artist shirks the controversial.</p>Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:24:00 +0200The Big Break: Kazimierz Dolnyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-big-break-kazimierz-dolny-890<p>Hemmed in by the Wisła on one side and a steep gully on the other, there’s good reason why this is regarded as one of Poland’s crown jewels.</p>Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:25:00 +0200Poland's lower house to hold extraordinary sitting on Wedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-to-hold-extraordinary-sitting-on-wed-889<p>Poland's Sejm, the lower house of parliament, will hold an extraordinary sitting on Wednesday to debate a government bill aimed at curbing fires at rubbish dumps that have posed an environmental threat, Deputy Sejm Speaker Ryszard Terlecki announced on Saturday.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 18:14:00 +0200Poland's flagship airline seeks to hire 300 new pilotshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-flagship-airline-seeks-to-hire-300-new-pilots<p>LOT Polish Airlines wants to employ 300 new pilots by the end of this year, said PLL LOT CEO Rafał Milczarski.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 18:08:00 +0200Take a book at this! Big Book Festival opens in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-a-book-at-this-big-book-festival-opens-in-warsaw-886<p>The festival will stay close to its brief, hosting events that in some way reflect the contemporary social landscape.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:38:00 +0200Mozart Festival to B major music bonanzahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mozart-festival-to-b-major-music-bonanza-887<p>The festival presents Mozart’s complete artistic oeuvre.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:02:00 +0200Warsaw Tatars rustle up culinary feast ahead of World Cup match against Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-tatars-rustle-up-culinary-feast-ahead-of-world-cup-match-against-poland-885<p>To coincide with Sunday’s match, from June 22-24 the Kazan tourism department is hosting the Festival of Tatar Cuisine to show off the best of Tartar cooking.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:38:00 +0200Poland wants to heat up economy, not cool things down - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/update-poland-wants-to-heat-up-economy-not-cool-things-down---pm-884<p>The opposition has appealed to Brussels to freeze EU funds for Poland; we don't want to freeze anything, what we want to do is heat up the Polish economy, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday at a meeting with voters in Opole (southwestern Poland).</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:46:00 +0200Mercedes-Benz to employ 1,000 in new engine factoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mercedes-benz-to-employ-1000-in-new-engine-factory-883<p>A Mercedez-Benz engine factory being built in the southern town of Jawor is to create 1,000 jobs. The investment, valued at EUR 500 million, is scheduled for completion in 2019.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:35:00 +0200Poland assures ENCJ body that it respects European valueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-assures-encj-body-that-it-respects-european-values-882<p>We assured the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) delegates that we are a law-abiding country which respects European values, National Judicial Council (KRS) spokesperson Maciej Mitera said on Friday after Thursday's talks between ENCJ and KRS representatives.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:30:00 +0200Polish, Estonian presidents discuss NATO, migration, euro zonehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-estonian-presidents-discuss-nato-migration-euro-zone-881<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaid on Friday discussed the upcoming NATO summit, the EU's migration policy and euro zone reforms, Duda's aide Krzysztof Szczerski has said.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:18:00 +0200Space Oddity: Scientists spend weeks in Mars base simulator – and it’s in Piłahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-oddity-scientists-spend-weeks-in-mars-base-simulator--and-its-in-pila-880<p>Testing if maggots can breed without gravity is one of the tasks scientists chosen to live in the Mars-like environment are required to carry out.</p>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:09:00 +0200Poles and Germans growing closer together, survey showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-and-germans-growing-closer-together-survey-shows-879<p>After decades of mistrust, Poland and Germany have increasingly similar views on their joint future.</p>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:22:00 +0200Jewish children at Kraków’s first post-holocaust kindergarten end year in joyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-children-at-krakows-first-post-holocaust-kindergarten-end-year-in-joy-878<p>Kindergarten founder Johnathan Ornstein is proud to have set up the first Jewish kindergarten since the Holocaust.</p>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:56:00 +0200It’s Brandt new: First large-scale exhibition dedicated to battle-painter Józef Brandt opens in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-brandt-new-first-large-scale-exhibition-dedicated-to-battle-painter-jozef-brandt-opens-in-warsaw-today-876-876-876-876-876-876-876-876-876-876-876-876-876-876-876-876<p>Brandt is best known for his extraordinary paintings of 17th century military life and warfare, but new exhibition also has his oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and photographs.</p>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:58:00 +0200Europe's largest collection of Masonic prints in Polish city of Poznańhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-largest-collection-of-masonic-prints-in-polish-city-of-poznan-875<p>The biggest collection of Masonic prints in Europe (about 80,000 examples) is stored in the Library of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (western Poland). According to curators, it is the most popular part of the collection among foreign guests.</p>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:13:00 +0200V4 PMs not to attend informal EU meeting in Brussels on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-pms-not-to-attend-informal-eu-meeting-in-brussels-on-sunday-874-874-874-874-874<p>The prime ministers of the Visegrad Group, including Poland, will not take part in an informal meeting of EU countries on migration in Brussels on Sunday, Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz said, adding that "Poland will of course attend an EU summit on June 28 and 29."</p>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:09:00 +0200British immigration minister assures Poles they can stay in Britainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-immigration-minister-assures-poles-they-can-stay-in-britain-872-872-872<p>The British Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes expressed her hope in a commentary for PAP that the settlement scheme for EU citizens published on Thursday would assure Poles and their families that they could continue to live in Britain after Brexit.</p>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:46:00 +0200Kazimiernikejszyn 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kazimiernikejszyn-2018-873-873-873<p>A four day ride of music, activities, nature, relaxation, cool atmosphere and philanthropy.</p>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:24:00 +0200Suited and booted: Fashion chain Reserved painting the world red with its global expansionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/suited-and-booted-fashion-chain-reserved-painting-the-world-red-with-its-global-expansion-871-871-871-871-871-871-871<p>From its humble beginnings in Gdańsk, high street fashion company Reserved has come a long way – and it has no plans of stopping.</p>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:40:00 +0200British FM Boris Johnson in Warsaw to promote security tieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-fm-boris-johnson-in-warsaw-to-promote-security-ties-868-868-868-868<p>Held in Helenów, near Warsaw, the bilateral consultations aimed to strengthen security, defence and cyber ties between Poland and Britain.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:43:00 +0200Polish-British intergovernmental consultations this fall - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-british-intergovernmental-consultations-this-fall---fm-870-870<p>Polish-British intergovernmental consultations will be held this autumn, Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz announced following a Thursday meeting of Polish and British foreign and defence ministers in Helenów by Warsaw.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:25:00 +0200Poland no friend of refugee relocation, PM proclaimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-no-friend-of-refugee-relocation-pm-proclaims-869-869-869-869<p>Poland does not belong to the refugee relocation friends' club and will not be a part of this procedure, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Budapest on Thursday .</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:18:00 +0200YouTube influencers invited to promote Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/youtube-influencers-invited-to-promote-poland-867-867-867<p>Seven YouTube channel owners with international reach are to come to Poland at the invitation of the Polish Tourist Organisation, as part of a promotional campaign based on 'influencer marketing.'</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:35:00 +0200Israel signs pilot programme for Polish Silicon Valleyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israel-signs-pilot-programme-for-polish-silicon-valley-866-866-866-866<p>Israel’s Startup Nation Central wants to find young Polish tech firms and develop them into global companies.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:11:00 +0200Polish Space Agency signs letter of intent with Israeli partnerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-space-agency-signs-letter-of-intent-with-israeli-partner-864<p>The Polish Space Agency (POLSA) has signed a letter of intent for tightening cooperation in space research with the Israel Space Agency (ISA), PAK informed PAP on Thursday.</p><p><br></p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:27:00 +0200Iraqi official wants Poland to be more active on Iraqi markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iraqi-official-wants-poland-to-be-more-active-on-iraqi-market-863-863<p>The director of Iraq's National Investment Council, Ahmed al-Zubaidi, in Warsaw for a two-day Polish-Iraqi Business and Investment Forum, has said he wants Poland to be more active on the Iraqi market.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:19:00 +0200Big Book Festival 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/big-book-festival-2018-860<p>The funnest, hippest and most innovative festival of reading and arts in Poland.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:58:00 +0200Polish rowing champ erects memorial to WWII massacrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/memorial-erected-in-memory-of-jews-slaughtered-by-nazis-857-857-857-857-857-857<p>Polish rowing champ Dariusz Popiela sets up project to help raise funds for monument.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:51:00 +0200Number of foreigners seeking residency permits rises sharplyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-foreigners-seeking-residency-permits-rises-sharply-859<p>The number of foreigners seeking permission to stay in Poland is rising, Deputy Interior Minister Renata Szczęch announced on Wednesday. She added that Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese nationals are more frequently applying for permission to stay.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:04:00 +0200Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-summer-jazz-days-2018-858-858-858-858<p>The four-day festival for jazz lovers.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:51:00 +0200Fotofestiwal 2018 - International Festival of Photography in Łódźhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fotofestiwal-2018---international-festival-of-photography-in-lodz-862-862-862<p>This year’s edition of one of the most visited photography festivals in Europe focuses on the relationship between nature and man.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:04:00 +0200SURVIVAL 16 Art Reviewhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/survival-16-art-review-865-865-865-865-865-865-865<p>One of the largest reviews of contemporary art in a public space in Poland will be held in Wrocław for the 16th time in the old palace of the Wallenberg-Pachaly family.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:28:00 +0200Up, up and…return: Govt. seeks to repolonise helicopter companyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-up-andreturn-govt-seeks-to-repolonise-helicopter-company-855-855-855-855-855<p>The news comes amid broader government interest in “repolonising” foreign-owned companies, from banks to shipyards.</p>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:00:00 +0200Polish entrepreneur who ‘marched for Syrian refugees’ nominated for Nobel prizehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-entrepreneur-who-marched-for-syrian-refugees-nominated-for-nobel-prize-853-853-853-853<p>The march took eight months and covered a continent.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:53:00 +0200Apple Pay launches in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/apple-pay-to-launch-in-poland-846-846-846-846-846<p>Contactless i-payments arrive in Poland</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:44:00 +0200Internationally acclaimed sculptor, Magdalena Abakanowicz, would have been 88 todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/internationally-acclaimed-sculptor-magdalena-abakanowicz-would-have-been-88-today-856-856-856-856-856-856-856-856<p>She launched a highly successful career in communist Poland, eventually gaining an international reputation for her evocative textile sculptures of the human figure.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:38:00 +0200Gaz-System selects Baltic Pipe routehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gaz-system-selects-baltic-pipe-route-854<p>Polish gas transmission operator Gaz-System has chosen the preferred route for the Baltic Pipe, a gas transmission facility that will deliver Norwegian gas to Poland under the sea. The route will cover 275 km in total, the company announced.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:16:00 +0200XXII International Street and Open-Air Theatres Festival — FETAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/xxii-international-street-and-open-air-theatres-festival--feta-852-852-852-852-852-852-852-852-852<p>One of the biggest, the most significant and the most recognised open-air theatrical festivals in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:01:00 +0200Concert: Jay-Z and Beyoncé OTR IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jay-z-and-beyonce-otr-ii-851-851-851-851<p>Famous hip hop duo Jay-Z and Beyoncé give a concert in Warsaw.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:12:00 +0200Oh Dear! Poland flops in opening World Cup match against Senegalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oh-dear-poland-flops-in-opening-world-cup-match-against-senegal-849-849-849-849-849-849-849-849-849-849-849-849-849-849-849<p>Even support from Russell Crowe couldn’t help Lewandowski and the boys.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:41:00 +0200Slot Art Festival 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/slot-art-festival-2018-847-847-847-847-847<p>Festival for inspiration-seekers, fans of various music genres, juggling enthusiasts, activists, all crafts and arts and most of all – people full of passion and looking for inspiration.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:31:00 +02002018 Chopin Concertshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/2018-chopin-concerts-845-845<p>Pianists of worldwide renown, including outstanding younger musicians, play at the foot of the Chopin Monument.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:01:00 +0200Ships to be able to fuel up with LNG at Gdyniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ships-to-be-able-to-fuel-up-with-lng-at-gdynia-843-843-843<p>The port of Gdynia on Poland's northern Baltic coast will be the first in the country at which ships running on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will be able to fill up with the fuel.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:56:00 +0200Polish universities in Top 10 for foreign studentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-universities-in-top-10-for-foreign-students-844-844-844-844-844-844-844-844<p>Largest group of foreign students is from Ukraine.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:37:00 +0200MoD, Pakistani military chief discuss defence cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-pakistani-military-chief-discuss-defence-cooperation-841-841-841<p>Closer cooperation in defence and the arms industry was the topic of Tuesday talks in Warsaw between Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and Chief of Staff of the Pakistani Armed Forces Qamar Javed Bajwa.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:21:00 +0200Zion a leitmotif of 28th Jewish Culture Festival in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zion-a-leitmotif-of-28th-jewish-culture-festival-in-krakow-840-840<p>The 28th Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków (southern Poland), to start on Friday and end on July 1, will be dedicated to Zion, the festival director, Robert Makuch, told reporters on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:14:00 +0200Polish President to address National Assembly on July 13https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-address-national-assembly-on-july-13-839<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda will deliver an address to the National Assembly at the Royal Castle in Warsaw at noon on July 13, PAP was told on Tuesday by the director of the Sejm (lower house) information centre.</p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:04:00 +0200Incredible tale of Guinness Record winners who sailed around Antarcticahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-tale-of-guinness-record-winners-who-sailed-around-antarctica-838-838-838-838-838-838-838<p>Overcoming cancer, deadly winds and mammoth icebergs, Polish sailing crew win Guinness World Record.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:00:00 +0200Polish music to mark independence centenary, culture minister announceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-music-to-mark-independence-centenary-culture-minister-announces-837<p>One hundred Polish musical pieces will resound on 22 stages, 11 of them abroad, on Poland's Independence Day (Nov. 11), to mark this year's Polish independence centenary, Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:58:00 +0200Poland’s ‘Asterix and Obelix’ set to be turned into TV animation serieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-asterix-and-obelisk-set-to-be-turned-into-tv-animation-series-836-836-836-836-836-836-836-836-836<p>Household comic book heroes became loved for their bumbling successes and discreet references to communism.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:17:00 +0200Polish PM, German chancellor discuss bilateral, international affairshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-german-chancellor-discuss-bilateral-international-affairs<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki met with German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday during which the two discussed bilateral relations as well as international affairs.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:38:00 +0200Młyn Jazz Festival 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mlyn-jazz-festival-2018-833-833<p>Katie Melua will be the one of the artists at the Młyn Jazz Festival 2018.&nbsp;</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:31:00 +0200Baltic Sail 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baltic-sail-2018<p>The biggest international sailing event in Gdańsk.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:22:00 +0200Suwałki Blues Festival 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/suwalki-blues-festival-2018<p>The biggest outdoor blues festival in Poland.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:53:00 +0200Ostróda Reggae Festival 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ostroda-reggae-festival-2018<p>The biggest reggae festival in Poland.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:36:00 +0200EtnoKraków / Rozstaje 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/etnokrakow--rozstaje-2018<p dir="ltr">Festival presenting traditional, ethno, folk and world music.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:08:00 +0200The 26th International Street Art Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-26th-international-street-art-festival<p dir="ltr">An international festival of street theatres and performers.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:14:00 +0200Wianki nad Wisłą 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wianki-nad-wisla<p>A family event inspired by the Slavic tradition of the celebration of Kupala Night.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:58:00 +0200Polish investment agency opens office in Astanahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-investment-agency-opens-office-in-astana<p>The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) on Tuesday officially opened its office in Astana as a Poland-Kazakhstan Economic Forum started in the Kazakh capital on the same day.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:40:00 +0200Poland sees boom in tourist numbershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-boom-in-tourist-numbers-822<p>Food, culture, entertainment and safety top list of reason for increasing number of tourists.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:33:00 +0200Malta Festival Poznań 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/malta-festival-poznan-2018-821<p>The one of the most important cultural events in Central and Eastern Europe - music, dancing, film, theatre.</p>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:04:00 +0200I hope new Supreme Court finds public acclaim - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-hope-new-supreme-court-finds-public-acclaim---president<p>I trust the new Supreme Court judges will be perceived as an elite by the people and not only by themselves, President Andrzej Duda said at a Monday meeting with voters in Strzelin, south-western Poland.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:28:00 +0200Maintaining high growth pace top challenge for Polish economy - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/maintaining-high-growth-pace-top-challenge-for-polish-economy---finmin<p>The key challenge for Poland's economy is to maintain a high, lasting pace of economic growth, Finance Minister Teresa Czerwińska said on Monday.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:50:00 +0200K2 x 2 as man tries skiing down for second timehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/k2-x-2-as-man-tries-skiing-down-for-second-time<p>Fastest man to climb Mt. Elbrus now plans to ski down K2.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:39:00 +0200Entrepreneurship minister to attend Polish-Israeli forum in Tel Avivhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/entrepreneurship-minister-to-attend-polish-israeli-forum-in-tel-aviv<p>Polish Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz will take part in a two-day Polish-Israeli economic forum starting in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. The aim of the forum is to support growth and facilitate direct business relations.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:07:00 +02008th European Financial Congress starts in Sopothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/8th-european-financial-congress-starts-in-sopot<p>The 8th European Financial Congress starts in Poland's northern city of Sopot on Monday. Headlined "On the centenary - for an innovative and secure future of the financial sector," the congress is one of the most important events on the Polish financial market.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:00:00 +0200Sax of fun coming up at Warsaw Summer Jazz Dayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sax-of-fun-coming-up-at-warsaw-summer-jazz-days<p>This year's event will see an invasion of British jazz alongside Polish Jazz stars.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:54:00 +0200Polish PM pleased that EC official seeks agreement with Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-pleased-that-ec-official-seeks-agreement-with-poland<p>"There are various forces which are not interested in a compromise. I am glad that the EC Vice-President does not represent such a position," Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said after a meeting with Frans Timmermans in Warsaw on Monday.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:03:00 +0200BO reveals our psyches, say scientistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bo-reveals-our-psyches-say-scientists<p>By smelling someone’s sweat we can work out their personalities.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:50:00 +0200Lviv unveils Jacek Kuroń plaquehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lviv-unveils-jacek-kuron-plaque<p>Deputy Senate (upper house) Speaker Bogdan Borusewicz on Sunday attended the unveiling of a plaque commemorating Polish anti-communist dissident and social activist Jacek Kuroń in Lviv, Ukraine.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:42:00 +0200England fans to use Gdańsk as base for Kaliningrad gameshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/england-fans-to-use-gdansk-as-base-for-kaliningrad-games<p>Travel companies experience a surge in bookings ahead of England game.</p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:31:00 +0200Hidden documents reveal former FM offered fake passport to escape the Nazishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hidden-documents-reveal-former-fm-offered-fake-passport-to-escape-the-nazis<p>Documents uncovered by the Polish Press Agency (PAP) show that as a child the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Adam D. Rotfeld was on a list of people who received fake Paraguayan passports to help them escape the Holocaust.</p>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:10:00 +0200Night of the Theatres opens in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/night-of-the-theatres-opens-in-krakow<p>Theatres in Kraków throw open their doors for thespian bonanza.</p>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:46:00 +0200Monument honouring Poles murdered by NKVD in 1945 unveiled in Suwałkihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monument-honouring-poles-murdered-by-nkvd-in-1945-unveiled-in-suwalki<p>A monument honouring Polish independence underground activists murdered by Soviet NKVD and SMERSH troops in northeastern Poland in July 1945 was unveiled in Suwałki on Sunday.</p>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:36:00 +0200German surveillance reports disturbing, Foreign Ministry sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-surveillance-reports-disturbing-foreign-ministry-says<p>An Austrian daily's reports about the surveillance of Vienna-based institutions, including the Polish embassy, by the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) are disturbing, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:26:00 +0200Polish FM starts two-day visit to Sweden on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-starts-two-day-visit-to-sweden-on-monday<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz will start a two-day visit to Sweden on Monday to attend a meeting of his counterparts from the Council of the Baltic Sea States, and a meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group and the Nordic and Baltic States.</p>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 16:15:00 +0200Zbigniew Libera – the man behind the infamous Lego death camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zbigniew-libera--the-man-behind-the-infamous-lego-death-camp-776<p>Although probably best-known for his Lego model concentration camps, Zbigniew Libera is one of the leading exponents of Poland’s critical art movement of the 1990’s.</p>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:58:00 +0200PM Morawiecki, EC Vice-President to meet in Warsaw on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-ec-vice-president-to-meet-in-warsaw-on-monday<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki will hold another meeting with European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans in Warsaw on Monday to discuss the rule of law in Poland.</p>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:50:00 +0200Lublin: a city of changing faceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-a-city-of-changing-faces<p>While it’s easy to think of Lublin as a place trapped in a quaint world of its own, signs are emerging of its ambition and foresight.</p>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:42:00 +0200The future of Polish banking as mergers increasehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-future-of-polish-banking-as-mergers-increase<p>The Polish banking market is going through a period of consolidation.</p>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 22:22:00 +0200PM: President Kaczyński was a man of the Solidarity movementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-president-kaczynski-was-a-man-of-the-solidarity-movement<p>The late president Lech Kaczyński was a man of Solidarity even before it was established, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Szczecin, northwestern Poland, in front of the seat of the Solidarity (anti-communist, 1980s - PAP) movement</p>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 18:36:00 +0200Amended Supreme Court and common court laws take effecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amended-supreme-court-and-common-court-laws-take-effect<p>Amended laws on the Supreme Court (SN) and common court system introducing changes to the extraordinary appeal and court assessors' appointment proceedings came into force on Saturday</p>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 16:12:00 +0200Long-awaited Wyspiański exhibition opens in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-awaited-wyspianski-exhibition-opens-in-krakow<p>Playwright, painter and poet, Stanisław Wyspiański (1869-1907) was a 19<sup>th</sup> Century Polish cultural giant.</p>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:40:00 +02001983: Pilgrimage of hope – the Pope in communist Poland under martial lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/1983-pilgrimage-of-hope--the-pope-in-communist-poland-under-martial-law<p>On June 16-23, 1983, the seemingly impossible happened. With Poland reeling from the imposition of martial law, Pope John Paul II visited for the second time after being chosen as the leader of the Catholic church.</p>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:11:00 +0200Polish egyptologist discovers unique depictions of secretary birdhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-egyptologist-discovers-unique-depictions-of-secretary-bird<p>Polish egyptologist Filip Taterka from the Polish Academy of Sciences discovered the sole depictions of the raptor secretary bird in the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Barari, in Egypt.</p>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 14:22:00 +0200Warsaw Eyesore? The capital’s Love-Hate Relationship With Its Tallest Buildinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-eyesore-the-capitals-love-hate-relationship-with-its-tallest-building<p>It is not so much the palace itself as the surrounding square that has now become the centre of attention</p>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 09:35:00 +0200Minimum wage increase to cost Polish budget EUR 51 mlnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minimum-wage-increase-to-cost-polish-budget-eur-51-mln<p>Raising the minimum wage to the government-proposed level of PLN 2,220 (EUR 523) will increase budget spending by PLN 215 mln (EUR 50.70 mln), the Family and Labour Ministry has calculated.</p>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:37:00 +0200Voter support for ruling party up to 43 pct - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/voter-support-for-ruling-party-up-to-43-pct---survey<p>Voter support for Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party grew to 43 percent in June 2018 from 40 percent in May, a survey by the CBOS pollster shows</p>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:07:00 +0200World Maritime Days conclude in Szczecinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-maritime-days-conclude-in-szczecin<p>The 2018 edition of the United Nations' World Maritime Days closed in Szczecin (northwestern Poland) on Friday, as Polish Maritime Economy Minister Marek Gróbarczyk said the government is focusing on new technologies, intelligent solutions and eco-friendly projects.</p>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:17:00 +0200PM Morawiecki: Poland wants to team up with France in technologyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-poland-wants-to-team-up-with-france-in-technology<p>Poland wants to cooperate with France in changing Europe's industry and invest in future-oriented industrial sectors, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday at the Warsaw Meetings, an annual Polish-French economic forum.</p>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:54:00 +0200Government's policy targets aid to the needy – PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/governments-policy-targets-aid-to-the-needy--pm<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that the Polish government, from the very start, has been pursuing a "solidarity policy", trying to help the most needy, including the disabled.</p>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:19:00 +0200Edyta Kocyk – Award-winning businesswomanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/edyta-kocyk--award-winning-businesswoman<p>The First News meets the woman behind revolutionary health wrist band</p>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:43:00 +0200Polish parliament urges Russia to free Ukrainian political prisonershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliament-urges-russia-to-free-ukrainian-political-prisoners<p>The Polish Sejm (lower house) in a Thursday resolution urged Moscow to free Ukrainian citizens held for political reasons in Russian prisons, such as Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a native of Crimea, who was sentenced to 20 years in a penal colony.</p>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:59:00 +0200Festival-goers dance the night away to promote life, peace and musichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/festival-goers-dance-the-night-away-to-promote-life-peace-and-music<p>Fed up with the Nazi shadow hanging over his hometown of Oświęcim, a music journalist started The Life Music Festival. Eight years on and it brings star acts from around the world.</p>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 22:14:00 +0200Auschwitz a symbol of inhumanity - Polish Sejm speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-a-symbol-of-inhumanity---polish-sejm-speaker<p>"Auschwitz-Birkenau is a symbol of inhumanity, of trampling the values which are close to a human being. It sevres as a reminder to current and future generations so that the time of extermination be never repeated," the Polish lower house speaker wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:29:00 +0200World Maritime Day continues in Szczecinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-maritime-day-continues-in-szczecin<p>World Maritime Day, underway in Szczecin, is being attended by numerous foreign ministers and delegations from around the world</p>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:16:00 +0200Astor – Kraków firm leading the way in roboticshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astor--krakow-firm-leading-the-way-in-robotics<p>Kraków is better known for dragons than robots. But this is changing</p>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:51:00 +0200Jersey City Council to move Katyń Memorial to new sitehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jersey-city-council-to-move-katyn-memorial-to-new-site<p>Jersey City Council decided on Thursday to remove the Katyń Memorial from the Exchange Square where it stands now. There were six votes for moving the monument 60 metres from its current location and three against.</p>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:22:00 +0200Impact 2018 conference discusses barriers for 5G technology in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/impact-2018-conference-discusses-barriers-for-5g-technology-in-poland<p>Problems with frequencies and infrastructure were seen the most important obstacles in the first phase of building 5G in Poland, according to participants of the "Impact 2018 - The Future of the Digital Economy" conference held in Kraków, southern Poland.</p>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:24:00 +0200‘I had to get on with living’: the incredible story of Holocaust survivor who became Olympic weightlifting champhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-had-to-get-on-with-living-the-incredible-story-of-holocaust-survivor-who-became-olympic-weightlifting-champ<p>His parents and little sister were shot dead by the Nazis and as a slave labourer he nearly starved to death. But he survived WWII, went to the UK and began an extraordinary sporting career before turning to helping other survivors</p>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:47:00 +0200Polish FM: Trump-Kim summit adds to sense of global securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-trump-kim-summit-adds-to-sense-of-global-security<p>A landmark summit between the presidents of the USA and North Korea, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un gives hope that one of the major global security problems will be resolved, Poland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz said in Belgrade on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:58:00 +0200Polish gov't wants to co-finance up to 400 start-up companieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-wants-to-co-finance-up-to-400-start-up-companies<p>Poland's Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Wednesday that the government wants to provide funding for up to 400 start-up companies, totalling PLN 120 million (EUR 28 million), to help energise the economy.</p>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:04:00 +0200Polish energy sector seeks support for the power market around Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-energy-sector-seeks-support-for-the-power-market-around-europe<p>The Polish Electricity Association (PKEE) is organising a series of conferences on the proposed power market in various European capitals, and the first event was held in Madrid on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:42:00 +0200Technology geniuses may now thrive in Poland, PM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/technology-geniuses-may-now-thrive-in-poland-pm-says<p>Technology geniuses used to emigrate but today they may thrive in Poland, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at the Impact 2018 congress in the southern city of Kraków on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:12:00 +0200UNESCO 2018 Creative Cities Congress in two Polish citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unesco-2018-creative-cities-congress-in-two-polish-cities<p>Two Polish cities, Kraków and Katowice (both in southern Poland) will host the UNESCO 2018 Creative Cities Congress which is to be held in June. Over 350 delegates from nearly 160 cities and 64 countries will discuss plans for the coming 12 years.</p>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:19:00 +0200Beauty and the dadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/theres-more-to-john-ratajkowski-than-just-his-model-daughter-emily<p>There’s more to John Ratajkowski than just his model daughter Emily</p>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:12:00 +0200Witcher creators release trailer for Cyberpunk 2077https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/witcher-creators-release-new-game-cyberpunk-2077<p>The trailer for the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 game was unveiled yesterday during the E3 Microsoft Xbox conference in LA.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:28:00 +0200National Development Council proposes constitutional referendum questionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-development-council-proposes-constitutional-referendum-questions<p>The National Development Council attended by President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday forwarded proposals of 15 questions for a constitutional referendum planned for the autumn.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:57:00 +0200Polish media freest since 1989, PAP head sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-media-freest-since-1989-pap-head-says<p>Never since the 1989 fall of communism has Polish media been as free as today, Polish Press Agency (PAP) President Wojciech Surmacz said on Tuesday at a Media as a Public Service conference in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:45:00 +0200The First News talks to the two men behind The Media as a Public Service conference held in Warsaw, 11-12 Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-first-news-talks-to-the-two-men-behind-the-media-as-a-public-service-conference-held-in-warsaw-11-12-june<p>Bernard Margueritte, President of the International Communications Forum, and Krzystof Skowroński, President of the Polish Journalists’ Association, said they were delighted they could host this year’s conference in Warsaw.</p><p>They also talked about foreign perceptions of Poland and expressed their delight that journalists from around the world could see the country for themselves and form their own opinions.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:08:00 +0200Innovation Train project to boost Polish-Israeli economic relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/innovation-train-project-to-boost-polish-israeli-economic-relations<p>The Polish Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz and Israeli Ambassador to Poland Anna Azari have announced a joint project in order to develop bilateral economic relations: an "Innovation Train"</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:06:00 +0200Polish officials welcome Trump and Kim's denuclearisation agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-welcome-trump-and-kims-denuclearisation-agreement<p>Polish government officials on Tuesday welcomed the declaration on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, signed by the US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, earlier in the day in Singapore.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:00:00 +0200Orlen to spend EUR 1.9 bln to boost productionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-to-spend-eur-19-bln-to-boost-production<p>Poland's fuel concern PKN Orlen has decided to earmark PLN 8.3 billion (EUR 1.94 billion) for the development of its petrochemical segment to the year 2023, the company announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:20:00 +0200Warsaw arthouse celebrates 50th anniversary of Polański classic, Rosemary's Babyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-arthouse-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-polanski-classic-rosemarys-baby<p>It was 50 years ago today that Roman Polański’s dark, satanic psychological horror Rosemary’s Baby first hit the big screen.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:32:00 +0200Hotel boom sweeps Poland as country becomes more popular for tourists and businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hotel-boom-sweeps-poland-as-country-becomes-more-popular-for-tourists-and-business<p>The Polish hotel industry is booming. Owing to an increasingly strong economic situation, the growing popularity of Poland as a tourist destination and the development of international business relations, the hotel services sector is beginning to flourish.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:29:00 +0200Poland fourth in EU for GDP growth per capita - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-fourth-in-eu-for-gdp-growth-per-capita---ec<p>Poland is in fourth position in the European Union in terms of GDP growth per capita, according to data from the European Commission (EC), which compared the periods preceding two EU funding perspectives.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:22:00 +0200Trial starts in Spain of jihadist caught in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trial-starts-in-spain-of-jihadist-caught-in-warsaw<p>The trial of jihadist Abdeldjalil Ait El-Kaid, arrested in Warsaw in 2015, started on Monday in Barcelona. He is charged with carrying out an attack on the Sagrada Familia basilica in the Catalan capital.</p>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:14:00 +0200Kraków’s celebrated Miłosz festival of literature underwayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakows-celebrated-milosz-festival-of-literature-underway<p>Thousands of literary and poetry lovers have recently arrived in Krakow to take part in the "Miłosz Festival" - the largest celebration of poetry in Poland and in Central Europe, taking place in Kraków until June 14.</p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:56:00 +0200Poland holds International Communications Forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/poland-holds-international-commhnications-forum<p>At the International Communications Forum in Warsaw, The First News spoke to the widow of the former Commissioner for Human Rights, and Poland's Culture Minister about Polish reality and its representation in Western media &nbsp;</p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:44:00 +0200Poland seen as dark horse of 2018 FIFA World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seen-as-dark-horse-of-2018-fifa-world-cup<p>Poland has the best chance of being the "dark horse" of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament, says a multinational team of analysts at the Japanese bank Nomura.</p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:46:00 +0200‘The Body’ Lewandowski set to make World Cup Debuthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-body-lewandowski-set-to-make-world-cup-debut-744<p>Nicknamed ‘The Body’, or ‘Lewy’, he’s been a quarterfinalist in the European Championships, three-times top striker in Germany’s Bundesliga, a finalist in the Champions League and holds the record for the number of goals scored for Poland. But this year’s World Cup finals in Russia will be Robert Lewandowski’s first at the age of almost 30.</p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:17:00 +0200Poland wins fourth place in Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-fourth-place-in-strong-europe-tank-challenge-2018<p>Polish tank crews took fourth place in this year's edition of the Strong Europe Tank Challenge (SETC), a competition for tank platoons from NATO and NATO-allied countries.</p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:05:00 +0200Germany continues as top importer of Poland's exportshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germany-continues-as-top-importer-of-polands-exports<p>Germany's share in Polish exports in the January-April period was 27.9 percent, compared to 27.4 percent in 2017, while its share in imports dropped by 0.3 percentage points and accounted for 22.5 percent, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Monday.</p><p><br></p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:52:00 +0200The King of Polish Football Fans dreams of Poland in World Cup final against Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-king-of-polish-football-fans-dreams-of-poland-in-world-cup-final-against-russia<p>A 78-year-old former builder, dubbed "The king of Polish football fans” will soon make his way to Russia to attend his 11th consecutive football World Cup.</p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:35:00 +0200Pole decorated by Queen Elizabeth for remembrance of WWII veteranshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-decorated-by-queen-elizabeth-for-remembrance-of-wwii-veterans<p>Małgorzata Goddard, a Polish woman caring for the archives of Polish Veterans of WWII, which are in the possession of the British Ministry of Defence, found herself on a list of people decorated on the occasion the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, on Saturday.</p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 10:13:00 +0200Mountain home wins Red Dot Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mountain-home-wins-red-dot-award<p>A “mountain cottage” in southern Poland has won the prestigious Red Dot Award – the Oscar of the design world.</p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:14:00 +0200Bydgoszcz: oddities abound in this ambitious cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bydgoszcz-oddities-abound-in-this-ambitious-city<p>There’s more to Bydgoszcz than just wacky odds and ends. More prosaic attractions are unmasked while prowling the old town.</p>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:45:00 +0200Poland being changed for the better – Senate speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-being-changed-for-the-better--senate-speaker<p>Stanisław Karczewski, the Speaker of the Senate, said during a meeting with the inhabitants of Lubartów (eastern Poland) that Poland is being changed for the better, and that all benefits gained through these changes should be shared fairly.</p>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:02:00 +0200'March for Life and Family' staged in Warsaw and other Polish citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-for-life-and-family-staged-in-warsaw-and-other-polish-cities<p>The main slogan of the "March for Life and Family" which for the 13th time passed through the streets of Warsaw on Sunday, was "Poland Strong through Family!".</p>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 17:50:00 +0200Equality Parade marches through streets of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/equality-parade-marches-through-streets-of-warsaw<p>The 18th annual Equality Parade passed through the streets of Warsaw on Saturday afternoon. According to the organisers of the event, about 45,000 marchers participated in the event, however, police figures indicate that this number was quite exaggerated.</p>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 17:30:00 +0200Scientists colouring enzymes to track diseasehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/scientists-colouring-enzymes-to-track-disease<p>Scientists at the Wrocław University of Technology are working on a project aimed at identifying and marking groups of responsible for particular diseases. The method could enable diagnosing illnesses before the symptoms appear. What’s more, cancer surgery would become easier, as tumorous cells would be marked with different colours. The project is in its initial stages and is expected to take at least 3 years. &nbsp;</p>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 14:50:00 +0200Wilhelm Sasnal – The Golden boy of contemporary Polish arthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wilhelm-sasnal--the-golden-boy-of-contemporary-polish-art<p>One of the new generation of Polish artists, Sasnal &nbsp;has become the internationally acclaimed ‘golden boy’ of the contemporary Polish art scene.</p>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:04:00 +0200Rainbow of water and light illuminates Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rainbow-of-water-and-light-illuminates-warsaw<p>A new and “unbreakable” rainbow installation has been unveiled in central Warsaw in an effort to promote openness and tolerance.</p>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 23:06:00 +0200We want a Poland of development, not of stagnation - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-want-a-poland-of-development-not-of-stagnation---pm<p>"We want a Poland of development, not of stagnation; we want a Poland that remembers its roots, not a Poland that cuts itself off from its history," Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday at a meeting with residents of Wrocław (southwestern Poland).</p>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 21:26:00 +0200Decline in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Poland and Hungaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decline-in-the-number-of-anti-semitic-incidents-in-poland-and-hungary<p>According to Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) anti-Semitic incidents drop sharply in Poland and Hungary.</p>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 19:57:00 +0200Polish Border Guard prepares for World Cup traffichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-border-guard-prepares-for-world-cup-traffic<p>The Polish Border Guard has appealed to fans travelling to football World Cup matches in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to allow plenty of time for their border crossing. The main border checkpoint for the tournament will be at Grzechotki.</p>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 19:20:00 +0200Will Poland be ready for the World Cup after a draw with Chile?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/will-poland-be-ready-for-the-world-cup-after-a-draw-with-chile<p>Just one last friendly game awaits the Polish National Football Team before they depart for Sochi and the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia. On June 12th, they will face Lithuania in Warsaw, before flying east the day after. The friendly match with Chile, held yesterday in Poznań, ended with an unsatisfying 2:2 draw.</p>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 17:07:00 +0200Anti-defamation law needs urgent correction - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-defamation-law-needs-urgent-correction---fm<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Saturday that the country's controversial anti-defamation law needs urgent correction as it causes problems in relations with the US and Israel.</p>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:10:00 +0200Polish archeologists to research last Mayan bastion in Guatemalahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archeologists-to-research-last-mayan-bastion-in-guatemala<p>Relics of the last capital of the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation, Tayasal, situated on lake Peten Itza - the last bastion of defence against the European conquerors - are to be researched by Polish underwater archeologists.</p>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:47:00 +0200Ten out of Tleń: The First News goes to the east of Poland to explore a hidden gemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-out-of-tlen-the-first-news-goes-to-the-east-of-poland-to-explore-a-hidden-gem-of-the<p>Take the road to Tleń and you follow in history’s footsteps. Napoleon and his Grand Armee took the same road on their way to destruction in Russia in 1812, crossing the River Wda before skirting a small wooded hill, where, according to legend, the emperor stood to review his troops, and then on and eastwards.</p>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:33:00 +0200Life through a lens: How Poland inspired US photographer Erik Witsoehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-through-a-lens-how-poland-inspired-us-photographer-erik-witsoe<p>The First News in an honest conversation about life, emotions and coping in a new country of residence.</p>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 11:07:00 +0200Warsaw opens Polish vodka museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-opens-polish-vodka-museum<p>A museum dedicated to vodka will open in Warsaw next week.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 23:18:00 +0200Cooperation of eastern flank countries benefits the whole of NATO - Presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cooperation-of-eastern-flank-countries-benefits-the-whole-of-nato---president<p>Cooperation between the nine countries of NATO's eastern flank works, functions well and brings benefits not only for our part of Europe but for the whole alliance, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Friday.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 21:45:00 +0200PM: Poland may become a high-tech country in 2025-2030https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-poland-may-become-a-high-tech-country-in-2025-2030<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that he believes in 2025-2030 Poland may become a country of high technologies boasting of leading producers in many fields.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 21:26:00 +0200Govt. to invest billions to clean up smoghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-to-invest-billions-to-clean-up-smog<p>The Polish government will invest PLN 130 billion in the "clean air" program to combat smog and high air pollution.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:48:00 +0200Historic Warsaw hotel reopens in luxuryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-warsaw-hotel-reopens-in-luxury<p>Warsaw’s historic Hotel Europejski has reopened after a long period of renovation. For over a century, the hotel on Warsaw’s Royal Route, near the Old Town, has been a landmark on the city’s map – a gathering spot for diplomats, artists and businessmen. Now it is ready to welcome well-heeled travellers again.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:42:00 +0200Elvis Presley gets a star at the Avenue of Stars in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/elvis-presley-gets-a-star-at-the-avenue-of-stars-in-krakow<p>Elvis Presley was granted a star at the Avenue of Stars in Kraków. His fans took the initiative of commemorating the so-called King of Rock'n Roll. The City Hall has accepted the proposal.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:14:00 +0200President: declaration of Bucharest Nine shows solidarity within NATOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-declaration-of-bucharest-nine-shows-solidarity-within-nato<p>The Declaration of the Bucharest Nine, adopted at Friday's summit, is an expression of solidarity within NATO and a responsible approach to security-related matters, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a joint conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 15:32:00 +0200Ukrainian efforts to draw closer to NATO should be backed – MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-efforts-to-draw-closer-to-nato-should-be-backed--mod<p>Poland's Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, said during a meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak, that Ukraine's success is very important for the security of Europe and Kiev should be supported in its efforts to be closer to NATO.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 15:09:00 +0200Polish police to help fans at football World Cup in Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-police-to-help-fans-at-football-world-cup-in-russia<p>Poland's Ministry of Internal Affairs estimates that around 15,000 Polish fans will travel to Russia for the football World Cup, to be held between mid-June and mid-July. Throughout the tournament there will be six specially trained police officers form Poland.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:21:00 +0200Warsaw experiencing Brexit boomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-experiencing-brexit-boom<p>Warsaw’s office market is experiencing a Brexit boom as firms shift operations from London to the Polish capital, say property experts.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:35:00 +0200We count on decisions from the B9 and NATO summits - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-count-on-decisions-from-the-b9-and-nato-summits---president<p>We hope for decisions at Friday's Bucharest Nine Summit in Warsaw and the July NATO Summit in Brussels, President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday after talks with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.</p>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:19:00 +0200Brit MP leads Common’s debate on Poland’s ‘Holocaust’ lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brit-mp-leads-commons-debate-on-polands-holocaust-law<p>This week in the British House of Commons there was a debate on the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) law (the “Polish anti-Defamation law”). The debate was called for by the Labour MP for Leeds North West, Alex Sobel, who is of Jewish descent.</p>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:07:00 +0200Poland does not make full use of EU funds for research - Dep PM Gowinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-does-not-make-full-use-of-eu-funds-for-research---dep-pm-gowin<p>Poland is in last place in the European Union in terms of research funding obtained from EU programmes, Deputy PM and Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:30:00 +0200Poland joins UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage committeehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-joins-unescos-intangible-cultural-heritage-committee<p>Poland has joined the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Culture Ministry said in a press statement on Thursday.</p>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:22:00 +0200Polish Composer Lutosławski’s Star Turn in Londonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-composer-lutoslawskis-star-turn-in-london<p>Poland may not seem the most obvious frame of reference when a Danish choreographer produces a Spanish baroque play with the UK’s leading contemporary dance company. Yet for the Rambert Dance Company production of Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Life Is A Dream, the choreographer Kim Brandstrup drew his inspirations largely from Poland, the country where the 1635 play is ostensibly set.</p>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:48:00 +0200Enlightening exhibition on the Age of Reasonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/enlightening-exhibition-on-the-age-of-reason<p>The current exhibition at Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art, entitled ‘What Is Enlightenment? – 200 years of the Print Room of the University of Warsaw Library’, is a fascinating exploration of the collection, it’s relevance to the modern world, and reactions to works from the collection by contemporary artists, including reinterpretations of engravings by the 2008 Turner prize nominated British/Polish artist Goshka Macuga.</p>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 12:58:00 +0200Palestine poet first writer-in-residence at Polish galleryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/palestine-poet-first-writer-in-residence-at-polish-gallery<p>Gdańsk City Gallery (GGM) selected 28-year-old poet Sari S.S. Alhassanat from the Gaza Strip in Palestine to be its first writer-in-residence.</p>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 10:29:00 +0200Poland's unemployment fell to record 6.1 pct in Mayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-fell-to-record-61-pct-in-may<p>Poland's unemployment rate went down by 0.2 pct in comparison with April 2018, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska announced on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 10:14:00 +0200World Cup terror cautionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-cup-terror-caution<p>The Polish Foreign Ministry has released a brochure ahead of the World Cup warning Polish football fans against a host of different difficulties, including potential terror attacks.</p>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 09:30:00 +0200Polish students keen to enroll in universities’ Hebrew studieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-keen-to-enroll-in-universities-hebrew-studies<p>In 2001, the Jagiellonian University in Kraków decided to open a Jewish Studies department after noticing a resurgence in young Poles interested in Judaism and the Jewish culture – both of which had otherwise all but disappeared after the Holocaust.</p>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:04:00 +0200What a flutiful idea: Polish flautist organizes festival to promote hometownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-flutiful-idea-polish-flautist-organizes-festival-to-promote-hometown-706<p>A Polish flautist living in Greece is returning to Poland to promote her hometown with an international contemporary music festival.</p>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:58:00 +0200American investments are key for Polish securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/american-investments-are-key-for-polish-security<p>Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has said that the government regards American investment in the country as one of the key elements of Polish security, the Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 15:52:00 +0200Bison herd to get new homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bison-herd-to-get-new-home<p>A new bison enclosure is being built in eastern Poland to showcase the animals.</p>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:44:00 +0200World Bank’s board endorses new strategy for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-banks-board-endorses-new-strategy-for-poland<p>Reforming health care, improving air quality and boosting regional convergence are three of Poland’s development priorities the World Bank will support under a new six-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) endorsed by the WB's Board of Executive Directors.</p>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:43:00 +0200Presidential aide: Three Seas Initiative enters key phasehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-aide-three-seas-initiative-enters-key-phase<p>The Three Seas Initiative for regional cooperation enters a key stage as it evolves from a theoretical concept to practical implementation, Krzysztof Szczerski, top aide to Poland's President Andrzej Duda, said in a pre-recorded video shown at a US conference.</p>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:52:00 +0200Polish and Swedish security experts at round table meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-swedish-security-experts-at-round-table-meeting<p>President Andrzej Duda met with security experts at the first Polish-Swedish round table meeting on security policy. The energy policy, defense cooperation in the EU and NATO unity were the major topics of the discussions.</p>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:28:00 +0200Russian hybrid war in Western Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/russian-hybrid-war-in-western-europe<p>Russia’s hybrid war is being waged on many levels, with an emphasis on economic, social and cultural aspects coming to the fore in Western Europe. Piotr Żochowski explains how historical policy and lobbying in the energy sector serve the long-term goals of Vladimir Putin.&nbsp;</p><p>Piotr Żochowski is a senior fellow at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in Warsaw. Having previously worked on the process of the Russian Army’s withdrawal from Poland at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , he now specialises in the systems of institutions responsible for internal security in the post-Soviet states.</p>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:02:00 +0200Polish president: Europe is safe when Berlin and Warsaw cooperatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-europe-is-safe-when-berlin-and-warsaw-cooperate<p>Europe is safe when Berlin and Warsaw recognise and respect each other and are able to cooperate, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a conference devoted to Polish-German relations, also attended by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 22:53:00 +0200Duda to Steinmeier: Poland for EU of free nations, equal stateshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-to-steinmeier-poland-for-eu-of-free-nations-equal-states<p>We support an EU of free nations and equal states, President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday after talks with visiting German head of state Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Steinmeier advocated more mutual trust among EU members.</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 22:42:00 +0200Festival captures the world’s imaginationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/festival-captures-the-worlds-imagination<p>The annual photography festival Krakow Photomonth has kicked off again this year with a visitor turn-out expected in the thousands.</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 20:42:00 +0200How Poland became a nation again after WWIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-poland-became-a-nation-again-after-wwi<p>Though the emergence of an independent Polish state after World War I is often attributed to the efforts of President Woodrow Wilson, its emancipation was part of a series of events which finally culminated in the Versailles Declaration in 1918.</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 20:35:00 +0200Rabbinical Council convenes in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rabbinical-council-convenes-in-warsaw<p>Judaic education as a way to reinforce Poland's Jewish community was among the themes discussed by the Rabbinical Council of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe on the first day of its Monday-opened conference in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 18:01:00 +0200Two thirds of Poles support presence of NATO forces - opinion pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-thirds-of-poles-support-presence-of-nato-forces---opinion-poll<p>As many as 67 percent of Poles support the deployment of soldiers from other NATO countries in Poland, according to a new CBOS poll.</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:54:00 +0200Polish pupils shine in global rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pupils-shine-in-global-ranking<p>A new global school ranking shows that Polish pupils are among some of the best in the EU. The ranking, spanning a record 76 countries, was based on maths and science scores among 15-year-olds. Asian countries topped the ranking, with Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan coming in first, second and third. Poland ranked an impressive 11th, fourth-best in the European Union. Britain came 20th and the United States 28th. Oman, Morocco, Honduras, South Africa and Ghana were at the bottom of the ranking.</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:11:00 +0200Polonaise for the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polonaise-for-the-100th-anniversary-of-poland-regaining-independence<p>Sinfonia Varsovia has announced the results of the ‘Warsaw Polonaise for Niepodległa’ (independent Poland) composer’s contest.</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:12:00 +0200EU to prepare response to US trade policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-to-prepare-response-to-us-trade-policy<p>Poland's Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Jadwiga Emilewicz has told PAP that in early June the European Union "is likely to present a list of US products, it will subject to import tariffs."</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:49:00 +0200Our goal is regional safety - Polish FM says in Tallinnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-goal-is-regional-safety---polish-fm-says-in-tallinn<p>Baltic cooperation is one of Poland's priorities, Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz assured during his June 3-4 visit to Tallinn.</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:04:00 +0200Govt. launches new service to help businesseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-launches-new-service-to-help-businesses<p>To improve the quality of services provided by the state, the Polish government has launched GovTech – a way to get innovative companies involved in public administration.&nbsp;</p>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:43:00 +0200Music legend dies after falling into comahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/music-legend-dies-after-falling-into-coma<p>One of Poland’s most influential rock stars has died after being attacked in January.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:43:00 +0200Permanent US military base in Poland not a good idea - Gen. Hodgeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-us-military-base-in-poland-not-a-good-idea---gen-hodges<p>Placing a permanent US military base in Poland would undermine NATO's unity and cause unnecessary tensions with Russia, former commander of US Army Europe, General Ben Hodges, wrote in the European edition of Politico magazine.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:36:00 +0200V4 parliamentary leaders criticise EC's plans for cohesion policy cutshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-parliamentary-leaders-criticise-ecs-plans-for-cohesion-policy-cuts<p>Representatives of the European Affairs Committees of the Visegrad Group (V4) Parliaments have expressed their opposition to the scale of cuts of cohesion policy funds and the possible linking of EU funds with the rule of law.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:30:00 +0200Lewandowski to quit Bayern Munichhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lewandowski-to-quit-bayern-munich<p>Football star Robert Lewandowski is set to leave club Bayern Munich, according to the German newspaper Bild.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:24:00 +0200PM and Pope share common vision of Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-and-pope-share-common-vision-of-europe<p>Poland's vision of a united Europe is in line with that of the Pope's, Prime Minister Morawiecki told reporters Monday following his audience with Pope Francis.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 15:00:00 +0200Baltic pipeline construction to start in 2020 - gov't commissionerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baltic-pipeline-construction-to-start-in-2020---govt-commissioner<p>The construction of the sea-bed section of the Baltic Pipe will begin in the spring of 2020 and will last for 24 months, the Polish government's commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:27:00 +0200Polish government opens up to immigrants - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-opens-up-to-immigrants---daily<p>Work permits will be issued for five years, whereas Filipinos and Vietnamese won't need them at all, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily wrote on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:47:00 +0200Great dragon parade fills Kraków with colourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-dragon-parade-fills-krakow-with-colour<p>Kraków filled up with brightly-coloured dragons this weekend for the city’s annual Great Dragon Parade. Now in their 18th year, the festivities were packed full of activities for people of all ages, locals and visitors alike. The highlight was the parade on June 3, when some forty dragons proceeded through the streets of Kraków’s medieval Old Town to the Main Square.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:53:00 +0200Poland a big foreign market for Israelis - Israeli ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-big-foreign-market-for-israelis---israeli-ambassador<p>Israeli Ambassador to Poland Anna Azari told PAP in a joint interview with Polish Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz that Poland is a big foreign market for Israelis.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:25:00 +0200NATO Saber Strike drills start in Poland and Baltic Stateshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-saber-strike-drills-start-in-poland-and-baltic-states<p>US-led NATO Saber Strike exercise with around 18,000 soldiers from 19 countries, mainly the member states of NATO, began in Poland and in the Baltic States on Sunday.</p>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:13:00 +0200Lewandowski sets his sights on new goalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lewandowski-sets-his-sights-on-new-goal<p>Footballing ace Robert Lewandowski is moving off the pitch and into the lakes – by investing in a new complex in Poland’s Mazury.</p>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 23:02:00 +0200Podgorze: The True Face of Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/podgorze-the-true-face-of-krakow<p>It’s a funny old place, is Kraków. From a foreign perspective, it’s the direct reason many people fall in love with this country. But paradoxically, almost, it’s the first Polish city these visitors later learn to loathe. It’s easy to understand why.</p>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 19:56:00 +0200Mazeikiai refinery investment thanks to President Kaczyński - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mazeikiai-refinery-investment-thanks-to-president-kaczynski---polish-pm<p>We owe the Mazeikiai oil refinery investment, a key energy security element for Poland, to the vision and determination of President Lech Kaczyński, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday in the town of Mazeikiai, northern Lithuania.</p>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 18:20:00 +0200You should display national colours - president at 22nd Lednica Meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/you-should-expose-national-colours---president-at-22nd-lednica-meeting<p>I would like to ask you to display our red and white national colours at important events, President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday at the 22nd Youth Meeting in Lednica, western Poland, an annual gathering of Catholic youth.</p>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 18:02:00 +0200There is no strong Poland without strong families – PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/there-is-no-strong-poland-without-strong-families--pm<p>The Polish government certainly understands, like no previous government, the needs and lives of large families, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday at the 6th Polish Convention of Large Families in Szczecin, northwestern Poland.</p>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 14:16:00 +0200Triggo - combination of motorcycle and carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/triggo---combination-of-motorcycle-and-car<p>Polish inventors have come with a new road vehicle which is powered by electricity and is something between a motorbike and a car.</p>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 14:07:00 +0200Olaf Brzeski - master of sculptinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/olaf-brzeski---master-of-sculpting<p>One of the most original sculptors of Poland’s young generation, Brzeski creates disturbing worlds through sculptural pieces.</p>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 13:50:00 +0200Kazimierz Funk: The man who discovered vitaminshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kazimierz-funk-the-man-who-discovered-vitamins<p>That vitamins are beneficial for keeping the body in tip-top shape is a given, but few people are aware that some of the earliest vitamin research was undertaken by Polish biochemist Kazimierz Funk. He is also credited for first naming the substances he discovered as ‘vitamins’.</p>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 01:15:00 +0200Poland’s big hope: Coach Adam Nawałkahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-big-hope-coach-adam-nawalka<p>As Poland prepares for the World Cup in Russia in 12 days’ time, The First News takes a look at the man who could lead them to victory.</p>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 19:14:00 +0200President signs pro-investment bill into lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-pro-investment-bill-into-law<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed into law a new pro-investment bill entailing groundbreaking changes and turning the whole of Poland into a special economic zone, the President's office said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 19:07:00 +0200Silesia aiming to be Poland’s Silicon Valley for droneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silesia-aiming-to-be-polands-silicon-valley-for-drones<p>Silesia, once the industrial centre of Poland, is now hoping to become the Polish Silicone Valley for drones. The Upper Silesian Metropolis/Górnośląsko - Zagłębiowska Metropolia (USM/GZM), officially operating since the beginning of the year, has launched a programme to develop the region into a centre of technology.</p>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 16:53:00 +0200Polish folk heritage to be showcased at UNESCO HQ in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-folk-heritage-to-be-showcased-at-unesco-hq-in-paris<p>Polish bagpipers as well as craftsmen whose works have been added to the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, will present their talents at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris on Monday.</p>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 16:48:00 +0200The Teutonic Knights: A Forgotten Crusade in Present-Day Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-teutonic-knights-a-forgotten-crusade-in-present-day-poland<p>As medieval warrior monks go, the Knights Templar may hog all the limelight and conspiracy theorists’ love but it was the Teutonic Knights who achieved a real-world Holy Grail – their own independent state that was in due course to give rise to an empire.</p>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:27:00 +0200Children and Youth Parliament against discrimination and social exclusionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/children-and-youth-parliament-against-discrimination-and-social-exclusion<p>The participants of the first session of the Children and Youth Parliament (SDiM), in a resolution adopted on Friday, are demanding actions to counteract social exclusion and discrimination.</p>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:23:00 +0200Government's focus is on balanced development of whole country - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/governments-focus-is-on-balanced-development-of-whole-country---pm<p>A more uniform, just and concerted development of the whole country is a hallmark of the current government's policy, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during a Friday meeting with residents of Białystok, northeastern Poland.</p>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:18:00 +0200Meet a Minister 4https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-a-minister-4<p>In the final part of our interview with Poland’s London-born Under-Secretary of State, Tadeusz Kościński talks about Poland’s FDI post-Brexit.</p>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:39:00 +0200Poland among countries to be hit by CAP cutshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-countries-to-be-hit-by-cap-cuts<p>The European Commission proposed a new, reduced Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget on Friday, under which direct payments to Polish farmers are to be cut by 1 percent and the fund for development of rural areas by around 25 percent.</p>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:21:00 +0200US tariffs will have no effect on Poland's economy - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-tariffs-will-have-no-effect-on-polands-economy---minister<p>Poland will not suffer the effect of tariffs imposed by the US on the EU, Canada and Mexican aluminum, but the European market will feel them, Entrepreneurship Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said Friday.</p>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:52:00 +0200Corpus Christi in Łowiczhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/corpus-christi-in-lowicz<p>Łowicz exploded into colour today for one of the most important festivals in the Catholic calendar. The Corpus Christi tradition brings the holy mass onto the streets during the eucharist, when the embodiment of Jesus Christ is carried through the crowds on a mantle. A tradition in much of Poland, the procession in Łowicz has become particularly popular for its ornate costumes, with the colourful, folk outfits, absorbed into region's religious celebrations. In the past, women of all ages were expected to perfect the craft of weaving, though nowadays there is a thriving artisanal branch where outfits are rented out for the festivities.</p>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:41:00 +0200Meet a Minister 3https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-a-minister-3-14<p>In the third part of our interview with Poland’s London-born Under-Secretary of State, Tadeusz Kościński talks about changes he’d like to make in office and his background in the SKI club</p>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:54:00 +0200Inequality wage gap lessenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inequality-wage-gap-lessens<p>Poles are becoming more equal in terms of income. Income inequality – the unequal distribution of household income – in Poland has been falling for over a decade. In 2005, the Gini coefficient, which measures the degree of income inequality, amounted to 0.345 (on a scale of 0 to 1, the lower the number, the more equal the society). Last year, it dipped below 0.3 for the first time, amounting to 0.298, according to the Central Statistical Office’s annual report on Poles’ household income, published in May. Rural households remain less equal (0.302) than urban ones (0.281).</p>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:56:00 +0200Reduction of Cohesion Policy contradicts EU goals - Poland's deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reduction-of-cohesion-policy-contradicts-eu-goals---polands-deputy-fm<p>The planned reduction of outlays on the Cohesion Policy from the EU budget stands in contradiction to the European Union's objectives, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk said on Friday.</p>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 13:53:00 +0200Szymon Szynkowski aka Sęk named Poland's new deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/szymon-szynkowski-aka-sek-named-polands-new-deputy-fm<p>Law and Justice MP Szymon Szynkowski aka Sęk has been appointed Poland's deputy foreign minister, the Foreign Ministry announced in a Friday press release.</p>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 11:41:00 +0200Increasing number of Poles opting to stay in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/increasing-number-of-poles-opting-to-stay-in-poland<p>With domestic unemployment at record lows, Polish workers are increasingly opting to stay at home, new research has found.</p>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 09:02:00 +0200Łowicz Corpus Christi celebrations explode into colourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/corpus-christi-celebrations-sweep-across-the-country-19<p>The small town of Łowicz will erupt into colour today as locals take to the streets to celebrate Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało). Women in colourful Masovian costumes, young girls in their white holy communion dresses and men in colourful medieval culottes carrying standards of the Virgin Mary join solemn priests, draped in clerical red leading a procession, while a carnival including, ferris wheels and folk art workshops, turns the event into a weekend-long affair.</p>Thu, 31 May 2018 21:47:00 +0200FM satisfied with Poland's engagement in OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-satisfied-with-polands-engagement-in-oecd<p>Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Thursday that he was satisfied with Poland's activity in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and with the OECD's report on Poland published in March.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 31 May 2018 17:53:00 +0200EU court annuls EP decision on sanctions on former Polish MEPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-court-annuls-ep-decision-on-sanctions-on-former-polish-mep<p>The EU court of Justice in Luxembourg on Thursday annulled an EP decision to impose sanctions on former Polish far-right MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke over his comments against migrants and women during EP's debates.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 31 May 2018 16:55:00 +0200EC offers Poland EUR 12.2 mln in storm damageshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-offers-poland-eur-122-mln-in-storm-damages<p>The European Commission on Thursday proposed to grant Poland EUR 12.2 million in damages in connection with heavy storms which hit the northwestern part of the country last year.</p>Thu, 31 May 2018 16:46:00 +0200Babies also use logic, Polish research showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/babies-also-use-logic-polish-research-shows<p>Logical thinking may not be connected to language proficiency, according to new Polish research which has found that children as young as one can make logical deductions.</p>Thu, 31 May 2018 13:45:00 +0200Meet a Minister 2https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-a-minister-2<p>In the second part of our interview with Poland’s London-born Under-Secretary of State, Tadeusz Kościński talks about the biggest challenges he faces in his job.</p>Thu, 31 May 2018 13:34:00 +0200Corpus Christi celebrations sweep across the countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corpus-christi-celebrations-sweep-across-the-country<p>The small town of Łowicz will erupt into colour today as locals take to the streets to celebrate Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało). Women in colourful Masovian costumes, young girls in their white holy communion dresses and men in colourful medieval culottes carrying standards of the Virgin Mary join solemn priests, draped in clerical red leading a procession — while a carnival including, ferris wheels and folk art workshops will turn the event into a weekend-long affair.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 23:11:00 +0200Work on new army command system well advancedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/work-on-new-army-command-system-well-advanced<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday that a large part of the new Command and Control System for the Polish Army has been prepared, thanks to his work with the National Security Bureau (BBN) and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 20:49:00 +0200Museum of the History of Poland signs deal to construct its buildinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/museum-of-the-history-of-poland-signs-deal-to-construct-its-building<p>The Museum of the History of Poland on Wednesday signed an agreement with the construction company Budimex S.A. for the building of the institution's headquarters in the Warsaw Citadel.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 19:36:00 +0200OECD upgrades Poland's GDP growth forecast to 4.6 pct in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oecd-upgrades-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-to-46-pct-in-2018<p>The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has upgraded Poland's economic growth forecast to 4.6 percent in 2018 from 4.2 percent expected earlier.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 19:27:00 +0200Polish official among people barred from Russia - Russian MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-official-among-people-barred-from-russia---russian-mfa<p>In a commentary sent to PAP, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said Sławomir Dębski, the head of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) is on a list of people barred from entering Russia.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 17:03:00 +0200From Warsaw to Wroclaw in 37 min? Poland connected by Hyperloop in 2030https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-warsaw-to-wroclaw-in-37-min-poland-connected-by-hyperloop-in-2030<p>Imagine waking up in Łódź, going to work in Warsaw, having a quick meeting with a client in Wrocław and seeing a play in Kraków in the evening. A simple plan like this would require covering 1,200 km, but you would only spend an hour commuting. All this could be possible by 2030, with the construction of Hyperloop in Poland.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 16:38:00 +0200Meet a ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-a-minister-12<p>In an interview with The First News, London-born Under-Secretary of State, Tadeusz Kościński, talks about his 29 years in Poland, how he came to be here and what he’s done during that time.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 15:05:00 +0200Israel celebrates its 70th birthdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israel-celebrates-its-70th-birthday<p>Seventy years ago today the State of Israel was born.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 14:34:00 +0200Birth rates rocket in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/birth-rates-rocket-in-poland<p>Last year saw an enormous increase in the number of babies being born in Poland.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 14:14:00 +0200Polish FM chairs UN Security Council meeting on Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-chairs-un-security-council-meeting-on-ukraine<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz chaired a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday devoted to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In his address, Czaputowicz praised Ukrainians' determination to become part of the Western world.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 12:52:00 +0200Poland joins int'l programme to develop supercomputershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-joins-intl-programme-to-develop-supercomputers<p>Poland has joined an international initiative, which aims to create a European exascale computer system for processing enormous amounts of data.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 11:25:00 +0200Dagger Brigade to Pass Atlantic Resolve Mission to Ironhorse Brigadehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dagger-brigade-to-pass-atlantic-resolve-mission-to-ironhorse-brigade<p>The “Ironhorse Brigade,” 1st Cavalry Division, will take over the command of the Atlantic Resolve Mission from the “Dagger Brigade,” 1st Infantry Division, on Monday, the US Embassy in Warsaw reported on its website on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 09:55:00 +0200Russia using gas pipeline as hybrid weapon, PM warnshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-using-gas-pipeline-as-hybrid-weapon-pm-warns<p>Poland’s Prime Minister has warned that Russia could use its Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a “hybrid weapon” against the EU and NATO.</p>Wed, 30 May 2018 09:05:00 +0200More and more states disappointed by EC cohesion policy proposal - Dep FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-and-more-states-disappointed-by-ec-cohesion-policy-proposal---dep-fm<p>The EC proposals regarding budget cuts in the cohesion policy will not be supported by the European Council. More and more countries are disappointed by the EC's proposals, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 20:17:00 +020065th anniversary of Everest conquesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/65th-anniversary-of-everest-conquest<p>After many failed and tragic attempts, on May 29th, 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mt. Everest. Twenty five years later, the first Pole to achieve this feat was Wanda Rutkiewicz, followed by 40 of her countrymen. Last week, 34-year-old Bogumiła Raulin became the 41st Pole to stand on top of the world’s highest peak and the youngest.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 18:39:00 +0200Russian Ambassador: Not letting Polish official into Russia was retaliationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-ambassador-not-letting-polish-official-into-russia-was-retaliation<p>Sergey Andreev, the Russian Ambassador to Poland, told his country's TASS news agency on Tuesday, that Moscow's refusal to let the head of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Sławomir Dębski, enter Russia was a retaliatory measure.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 18:23:00 +0200Russia should accept responsibility for the shooting down of the MH17 plane - Polish MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-should-accept-responsibility-for-mh17-plane-downing---polish-mfa<p>The Polish Foreign Ministry in a Tuesday statement voiced its full support for the authorities of the Netherlands and Australia demanding that Russia should take upon itself responsibility for the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 17:19:00 +0200Polish programme for communism research set up in the UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-programme-for-communism-research-set-up-in-the-us<p>The Polish Study Programme has been set up at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) in Washington DC, on the initiative of the Polish National Foundation (PFN), an organisation responsible for Poland's promotion abroad.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 16:01:00 +0200Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs denied entry to Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/director-of-the-polish-institute-of-international-affairs-denied-entry-to-russia<p>Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Poland Sergey Andreyev was summoned to the Polish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday after the head of the Polish Institute of International Affairs was denied entry to Russia, Artur Lompart, head of the ministry's press office, informed PAP.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 15:13:00 +0200‘Things of Warsaw’ Expohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/things-of-warsaw-expo<p>The Museum of Warsaw will be putting an astonishing 3,500 new items on display as part of an exhibition dedicated to exploring Warsaw’s identity.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 13:35:00 +0200EU offers EUR 200 mln in debt funding to Polish SMEshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-offers-eur-200-mln-in-debt-funding-to-polish-smes<p>The European Investment Fund (EIF) and CVI Dom Maklerski (CVI) have signed an agreement that will provide EUR 200 mln in preferential funding for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in Poland, the European Commission (EC) announced.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 10:50:00 +0200European Commission makes severe cuts to cohesion funds for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-commission-makes-severe-cuts-to-cohesion-funds-for-poland<p>The European Commission (EC) is to present a new methodology of dividing cohesion policy funds among the EU member states, which could leave Poland with 23 percent less money compared to the current European budget, PAP was told by a Brussels source.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 10:32:00 +0200Poland's right in sharing costs of US troops presence - security chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-right-in-sharing-costs-of-us-troops-presence---security-chief<p>The Polish government is right in expressing readiness to share the costs of potential increased presence of US troops on Polish soil, head of Poland's National Security Bureau (BBN) Paweł Soloch said on Monday.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 10:22:00 +0200Concern as EU reaches agreement with Gazprom in antitrust probehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/concern-as-eu-reaches-agreement-with-gazprom-in-antitrust-probe<p>Poland and other European countries have expressed their concern after Russian gas giant Gazprom reached a deal with the EU to finish a seven-year-old antitrust case.</p>Tue, 29 May 2018 03:56:00 +0200More can be done for veterans, says Polish MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-can-be-done-for-veterans-says-polish-mod<p>Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak said on Monday that more can be and needs to be done for veterans of foreign missions.</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 20:40:00 +0200Poland’s Science and Education minister on whistle-stop Israeli visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-science-and-education-minister-on-whistle-stop-israeli-visit<p>Poland’s Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin began a four-day official visit to Israel on Sunday evening.</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 18:52:00 +02009 million containers shipped around the world marks Poland’s shipyard revivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/9-million-containers-shipped-around-the-world-marks-polands-shipyard-revival<p>Today’s transshipment of the 9 millionth 20-foot container at the Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) in Gdańsk marks the revival of Polish Baltic Sea ports and accentuates Poland’s economic success built continuously since the accession to the European Union.</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 15:45:00 +0200Poland’s achievements in science celebrated in illustrated bookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-achievements-in-science-celebrated-in-illustrated-book<p>A new book celebrating the greatest discoveries and achievements of Polish scientists over the last century has gone on sale.</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 15:09:00 +0200Polish Prime Minister: NATO is the strongest alliance in historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-nato-is-the-strongest-alliance-in-history<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told the Spring Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw, that NATO was the strongest alliance in history. "Our task is to show the world that it is a coherent union of 29 states ensuring security to its members."</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 13:41:00 +0200Poland shows wisdom of NATO enlargement - head of lawmakers' assemblyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-shows-wisdom-of-nato-enlargement---head-of-lawmakers-assembly<p>Paolo Alli, the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, told its Spring Session in Warsaw on Monday, that having joined NATO shortly after the end of the Cold War, Poland "is a perfect example of the wisdom of the alliance's open door policy."</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 13:23:00 +0200The Baltic Pipe deadline ambitious but achievablehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-baltic-pipe-deadline-ambitious-but-achievable<p>The Polish government's commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said that the 2022 deadline for building the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline is ambitious, but achievable. "We'll make it," he declared.</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 12:44:00 +0200Polish, Israeli officials discuss anti-defamation lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-officials-discuss-anti-defamation-law<p>Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin discussed Poland's amended act on the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), dubbed the anti-defamation law, with Israeli Minister of Science Ofir Akunison in Tel Aviv on Sunday.</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 12:09:00 +0200Innovative biobarrier to clean up Polish pollutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/innovative-biobarrier-to-clean-up-polish-pollution<p>An innovative biological approach using bacteria promises to breathe new life into industrially-polluted areas in the south of Poland.</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 11:20:00 +0200Heritage Strengthens Our Identityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heritage-strengthens-our-identity<p><a href="https://warsawinstitute.org/heritage-strengthens-identity/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Extracts taken with kind permission from The Warsaw Institute Review.</em></a></p><p>In modern times, protecting cultural heritage has been a central component of almost any government’s policy. Heritage, which comprises the material evidence of a common past and shared experience, supports the building of a sense of community as well as self-confidence within society which is directly linked with strong social capital.</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 10:51:00 +0200Young graphic designers for Independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/young-graphics-for-independence<p>A poster competition organised by the Institute of National Remembrance aims to celebrate the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Poland’s independence.</p>Mon, 28 May 2018 09:00:00 +0200The Lure Of Reszelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-lure-of-reszel<p>Who can fail to be enraptured rolling into Reszel. As far as arrivals go, it’s the kind of entrance that sends spirits soaring: puttering across an arcing Gothic bridge that spans the River Sajna, cars pootle past neat lines of townhouses before coming to a standstill in front of a hulking fortress. Even in the warm glow of a summer sunset, there’s something about it that feels ominous and heavy.</p>Sun, 27 May 2018 20:52:00 +0200NATO needs more efficient command structure - Polish defence ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-needs-more-efficient-command-structure---polish-defence-minister<p>The North Atlantic Alliance needs a more efficient command structure in order to be able to face threats, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Sunday. he added that Poland supported closer cooperation between NATO and the EU.</p>Sun, 27 May 2018 17:32:00 +0200Disabled suspend protesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/disabled-suspend-protest<p>A group of disabled and their parents and carers on Sunday suspended a 40-day protest in demand of more financial aid in the Sejm (lower house) building in Warsaw.</p>Sun, 27 May 2018 15:26:00 +0200They live among us: sculptures of Paweł Althamer inhabit our citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/they-live-among-us-sculptures-of-pawel-althamer-inhabit-our-cities<p>The Polish artist Paweł Althamer may be known for his large-scale figurative sculptures, but it's easy to overlook the idea most pivotal to his work – the belief that art can be an instrument of change and a site for social and collaborative action.</p>Sun, 27 May 2018 13:43:00 +0200Love and Betrayal in WWII: The true story of a doomed love affairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-and-betrayal-in-wwii-the-true-story-of-a-doomed-love-affair<p>An extraordinary tale of doomed love between a WWII Polish prisoner and a pretty, young German girl has emerged out of a small village in southern Germany.</p>Sun, 27 May 2018 09:11:00 +0200Missing WWII Amber Chamber recreated at Polish museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/missing-wwii-amber-chamber-recreated-at-polish-museum<p>A museum in Poland has recreated one of the greatest missing treasures of the Second World War – an Amber Chamber stolen from Russia by retreating Nazis.</p>Sat, 26 May 2018 23:01:00 +0200Polish MS breakthrough?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ms-breakthrough<p>Polish researchers claim to have finally discovered an effective &nbsp;treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. The therapy, which makes use of the patient’s own bone marrow cells, was announced by Luna Laboratory at a press conference in Warsaw.</p>Sat, 26 May 2018 19:50:00 +0200Lights, camera, action! 58th Kraków Film Festival kicks off tomorrowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lights-camera-action-58th-krakow-film-festival-kicks-off-tomorrow<p>The Kraków Film Festival is considered one of the largest and oldest film festivals in Europe. Founded in 1961, under the title of the "Polish Short Film Festival", the aim was to show new films by Polish filmmakers with an emphasis on documentaries, short films and animation. Three years later the festival became international and in 2001 it changed its name to the "Kraków Film Festival".</p>Sat, 26 May 2018 16:20:00 +0200President Duda in Georgia: sustainability matters in economic growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-in-georgia-sustainability-matters-in-economic-growth<p>Sustainable socio-economic development rather than economic growth alone should be a primary goal, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the Economic Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Saturday.</p>Sat, 26 May 2018 15:20:00 +0200Polish MoD: There are chances to increase US forces' eastern presencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-there-are-chances-to-increase-us-forces-eastern-presence<p>The efforts to increase the US military presence on NATO's eastern flank have been generating positive signals, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said in Tallinn on Saturday.</p>Sat, 26 May 2018 15:05:00 +0200Polish FM: NATO must express solidarity to secure members' interestshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-nato-must-express-solidarity-to-secure-members-interests<p>NATO must express solidarity and unity to effectively defend its member states' security interests, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said as he opened the second day of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on Saturday.</p>Sat, 26 May 2018 14:45:00 +0200PM: Polish economy to become less dependent on EU fundshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-polish-economy-to-become-less-dependent-on-eu-funds<p>The Polish economy will become less and less dependent on the European Union funds, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday, commenting on possible reductions of funds for Poland in the future EU budget.</p>Sat, 26 May 2018 12:53:00 +0200Polish PM: Local election date remains unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-local-election-date-remains-unchanged<p>There are no plans to delay the date of Poland's local elections to the spring of 2019, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told a Polish private radio broadcaster on Saturday.</p>Sat, 26 May 2018 12:45:00 +0200Polish children getting fatter, survey showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-children-getting-fatter-survey-shows<p>New data released on European Obesity Day shows child obesity in Poland is on the increase.</p>Sat, 26 May 2018 09:34:00 +0200US mulls permanent military presence in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-mulls-permanent-military-presence-in-poland<p>Ian Brzezinski, son of US strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski, drew attention on Twitter on Friday to moves by the US Senate Armed Services Committee to permanently station a brigade combat team in Poland.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 22:55:00 +0200Ukraine gas transits should be maintained - Brussels debatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-gas-transits-should-be-maintained---brussels-debate<p>The transit of gas through Ukraine should be maintained following the 2019 expiry of a Russian gas transit agreement, national and company representatives argued at a Friday conference in Brussels.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 22:49:00 +0200Witold Pilecki’s Report from Auschwitz available onlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/witold-pileckis-report-from-auschwitz-available-online<p>Witold Pilecki’s Report from Auschwitz, the first source document about this German concentration camp, written in 1943, is available online in new English translation.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 21:53:00 +0200Poland, Romania will defend regional interests - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-romania-will-defend-regional-interests---pm<p>Poland and Romania share views on EU cohesion policy and the diversification of gas supplies and will defend the interests of the Central-European region, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday after Polish-Romanian intergovernmental consultations in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 21:15:00 +0200We see no threat of attack but are watching Russia - NATO chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-see-no-threat-of-attack-but-are-watching-russia---nato-chief<p>NATO does not currently perceive any direct threat of a military attack on any Alliance country, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told PAP on Friday, at the same time admitting that NATO is carefully watching Russia's aggressive acts.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 20:38:00 +0200US supports Poland in Three Seas Initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-supports-poland-in-three-seas-initiative<p>As Poland gears up for the next Three Seas Initiative summit, the United States has reiterated its support for the initiative, which brings together twelve countries in Central and Eastern Europe. At the Initiative’s third summit, which will be held in Bucharest this autumn, the Americans will support the initiative again, reports onet.pl, citing a senior official at the US Department of State.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 19:00:00 +0200Poles have set up over 60,000 firms in Great Britainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-have-set-up-over-60000-firms-in-great-britain<p>Poland's Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Jadwiga Emilewicz, said on Friday that Poles have already established over 60,000 companies in Great Britain, and London is Warsaw's third-largest trade partner.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 16:38:00 +0200Poland supports Romania's accession to Schengen Areahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-romanias-accession-to-schengen-area<p>Poland supports Romania's ambitions to accede to the EU's Schengen Area border-control-free travel area; through the dimension of a strong Central and Eastern Europe, we want to build a strong European Union, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 16:33:00 +0200Polish businesses voice concerns about Brexithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-businesses-voice-concerns-about-brexit<p>Poland’s focus in Brexit negotiations is squarely on the status of Polish immigrants and continued British payments to the common budget but the country’s business has wide-ranging concerns.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 14:14:00 +0200NATO wants to raise global stability - NATO Parliamentary Assembly headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-wants-to-raise-global-stability---nato-parliamentary-assembly-head<p>Paolo Alli, the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, declared in Warsaw on Friday that NATO wants to improve and raise the level of stability, as global stability was the foundation of peace.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 14:02:00 +0200Apple to take a bite out of the cashless economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/apple-to-take-a-bite-out-of-the-cashless-economy<p>Technology giant Apple will expand its digital wallet service to Poland, giving its customers the possibility of carrying out cashless transactions with Apple devices.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 12:04:00 +0200President pays tribute to Polish wartime hero Witold Pileckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pays-tribute-to-polish-wartime-hero-witold-pilecki<p>Polish WWII hero captain Witold Pilecki was the personification of the struggle for an independent Poland, President Andrzej Duda said on Friday.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 11:25:00 +0200Witold Pilecki: soldier, hero, patriothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/witold-pilecki-soldier-hero-patriot<p>The 70th anniversary of the murder by the Communists of Captain Witold Pilecki.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 10:37:00 +0200Strengthening of NATO's eastern flank a priority for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/strengthening-of-natos-eastern-flank-a-priority-for-poland<p>The strengthening of the NATO's eastern flank will be a priority for the Polish delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's Spring Session starting in Warsaw today, stated the Deputy Defence Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 10:16:00 +0200Witold Pilecki: soldier, hero, patriothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/witold-pilecki-soldier-hero-patriot<p>Amid bitter controversy over its World War II history, Poland will on Friday commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of Captain Witold Pilecki, one of the country’s most celebrated heroes.</p>Fri, 25 May 2018 09:38:00 +0200Polish national gas firm PGNiG surprised at EC's Gazprom decisionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-gas-firm-pgnig-surprised-at-ecs-gazprom-decision<p>In a statement sent to PAP on Thursday, Poland's national gas monopolist PGNiG said it was surprised and disappointed by the European Commission's decision to approve an agreement with Russia's gas giant Gazprom.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 19:17:00 +0200Poland calls for return of important war crimes documentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-for-return-of-important-war-crimes-documents<p>Poland has asked Germany to return tens of thousands of documents relating to war crimes committed by the Nazis and the rescue of Jews by Poles.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 18:30:00 +0200Poland is disappointed with the result of EU's steps over Gazprom – Deputy Foreign Ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-disappointed-with-the-result-of-eus-steps-over-gazprom--deputy-foreign-minister<p>Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański told PAP that the government is disappointed with the European Commission's years-long anti-monopoly procedure against Russian gas conglomerate Gazprom, which ended without the imposition of fines or damages.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 15:40:00 +0200Polish scientists look for new bacteria to tackle dirty waterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-look-for-new-bacteria-to-tackle-dirty-water<p>One of the most pressing global concerns today is the search for cheap and effective ways for securing water. Now scientists from the Silesian Unviersity of Technology are racing around the clock to create a bacteria capable of filtering waste.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 14:59:00 +0200Polish footballers' World Cup bus to bear the "Go Poland" sloganhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-footballers-world-cup-bus-to-bear-the-go-poland-slogan<p>Poland's football team bus for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia will be decorated with the slogan "Go Poland," as chosen by internet users, football's world governing body FIFA announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 14:35:00 +0200House of the future winner announcedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/house-of-the-future-winner-announced<p>Competition for the model single-family home winners were announced by Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński. The projects were judged in two categories: professional architectural studios and academics.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 14:15:00 +0200475th anniversary of Nicolaus Copernicus’ deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/475th-anniversary-of-nicolaus-copernicus-death<p>On the 475th anniversary of Nicolaus Copernicus’ death, historians at Jagiellonian University museum present the memorabilia connected to the famous’ astronomers studies there.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 13:02:00 +0200Copernicus: the man who discovered earth moves around the sunhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/copernicus-the-man-who-discovered-earth-moves-around-the-sun<p>Today marks 475 years since the death of one of Poland’s most esteemed scientists. Nicolaus Copernicus revolutionised astronomy with his discovery that the earth moved around the sun. The revelation completely changed our understanding of our place in the universe, and consequently helped herald in the age Enlightenment. The First News reflects on the lasting legacy left by the astronomer from Toruń.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 12:46:00 +0200Polish Eaglewatch foundation to offer more assistance to Yazidis in Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-eaglewatch-foundation-to-offer-more-assistance-to-yazidis-in-iraq<p>The Polish Eaglewatch Foundation helping victims of terrorism in the Middle East plans to increase its assistance to Yazidis in Iraq, PAP was told by Eaglewatch representative Dawid Czyż.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 12:38:00 +0200Crisis between Warsaw and Tel Aviv is partly frozen - Israeli Ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crisis-between-warsaw-and-tel-aviv-is-partly-frozen---israeli-ambassador<p>Anna Azari, Israel's ambassador to Poland, said on Thursday that the crisis between the two countries over Poland's new anti-defamation law, is currently "partly frozen" as everybody awaits the verdict of the Constitutional Tribunal on the new legislation.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 12:07:00 +0200Polish Humanitarian Action to repair water supply system in Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-humanitarian-action-to-repair-water-supply-system-in-iraq<p>The new project planned by the Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) in Iraq is aimed at repairing the water supply system destroyed by the war against the Islamic State in the provinces of Nineveh and Salah ad Din. It is co-financed by Poland.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 10:55:00 +0200Polish space industry growing - entrepreneurship ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-space-industry-growing---entrepreneurship-minister<p>Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Thursday that Poland's space industry is expanding at a fast rate.</p>Thu, 24 May 2018 10:09:00 +0200European Commission says Polish economy in good shapehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-says-polish-economy-in-good-shape<p>The situation on Poland's labour market is the best in the country's recent history, the debt of central and local government institutions is expected to fall, while the general government deficit is set to stabilise, the European Commission (EC) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 20:32:00 +0200Poland needs own capital and enterprise - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-needs-own-capital-and-enterprise---pm<p>Poland needs its own capital and enterprise, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told entrepreneurs and administration staff on Wednesday at a meeting on SME reforms in Przygodzice, western Poland.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 20:15:00 +0200President to propose referendum questions on June 12 - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-propose-referendum-questions-on-june-12---aide<p>At a sitting of the National Development Council on June 12, Polish President Andrzej Duda will make public for final consultation the proposed questions for a referendum on changes to the constitution, presidential aide Paweł Mucha announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 18:58:00 +0200Russian agents in Poland a real threat, says Polish secret servicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-agents-in-poland-a-real-threat-says-polish-secret-service<p>A Russian woman has been detained for hybrid actions targeting Poland. The woman, referred to as Jekaterina C, was detained by the Internal Security Agency (ABW) on May 17. She is due to be extradited – and banned from returning to Poland.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 18:46:00 +0200Minister announces first investment under 'Bridges for Regions' schemehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minister-announces-first-investment-under-bridges-for-regions-scheme<p>The first investment under the government's "Bridges for Regions" programme will be a bridge on the San river near Jarosław, southeastern Poland, Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwieciński said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 17:32:00 +0200Polish, Slovenian presidents unveil war memorial in Gorlicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-slovenian-presidents-unveil-war-memorial-in-gorlice<p>Polish and Slovenian Presidents Andrzej Duda and Borut Pahor unveiled a memorial on Wednesday to Slovenian soldiers fallen in the First World War at a war cemetery in Gorlice, southeastern Poland.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 16:15:00 +0200Youngest female Pole conquers Mount Everesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/female-pole-youngest-to-conquer-mount-everest<p>A Polish woman has climbed to the top of Mt. Everest, becoming the youngest female Pole to reach the summit.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 14:45:00 +0200Polish foresters bring 100 seedlings to Popehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foresters-bring-100-seedlings-to-pope<p>Polish foresters brought 100 oak tree seedlings to a general audience with the Pope. The saplings will be planted on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 14:27:00 +0200Polish gas monopolist PGNiG nets EUR 366 mln in Q1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-monopolist-pgnig-nets-eur-366-mln-in-q1<p>Poland's gas and oil company PGNiG posted a consolidated net profit of PLN 1.57 bln (EUR 366 mln) in the first quarter of 2018, down 2.1 percent from the first three months of 2017. The figure was in line with earlier estimates.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 14:01:00 +0200Israeli soldier to be prosecuted for Auschwitz protesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-soldier-to-be-prosecuted-for-auschwitz-protest<p>An Israeli soldier who took a poster saying ‘You also had a part’ to Auschwitz will be prosecuted, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has announced.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 13:42:00 +0200New pipeline to reduce Poland’s dependence on Russian gashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-pipeline-to-reduce-polands-dependence-on-russian-gas<p>As Poland pushes to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, plans for Baltic Pipe are moving forward. The project will create a new gas supply corridor on the European market, enabling Norwegian gas to be sent directly to Denmark and Poland. The exact route will be chosen in June, the Polish government’s plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski announced. Once the decision is made, the first pipe could be laid in 2020, he indicated.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 11:37:00 +0200Poland wins Man Booker prize for first timehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-man-booker-prize-for-first-time<p>Polish author Olga Tokarczuk was last night awarded the Man Booker International prize for the best work of translated fiction for her novel ‘Flights’.</p>Wed, 23 May 2018 11:15:00 +0200Palestinians like Poles under partitions - Palestinian ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/palestinians-like-poles-under-partitions---palestinian-ambassador<p>The situation of the Palestinians is like that of the Poles during the partition years, Palestinian Ambassador in Poland Mahmoud Khalifa said in a Tuesday radio interview.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 20:51:00 +0200Our goal is to work out a solution for Gaza Strip - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-goal-is-to-work-out-a-solution-for-gaza-strip---polish-fm<p>"We are trying to work out a solution for the Gaza Strip thanks to which no more people will be killed. We encourage both sides in the conflict to further talks and we still hope for its peaceful resolution, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in New York.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 20:47:00 +0200President signs amended Supreme Court regulations into lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-amended-supreme-court-regulations-into-law<p>President Andrzej Duda has signed into law a draft amendment to the law on the Supreme Court (SN) under which extraordinary appeals against court verdicts to the Supreme Court will be filed only by the Prosecutor General and the National Ombudsman.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 19:15:00 +0200Ukraine a victim of aggression and illegal occupation - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-a-victim-of-aggression-and-illegal-occupation---polish-fm<p>"Ukraine is still an object of military aggression and the illegal occupation of its territory; ceasefire in this country is still far from implemented," Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in New York on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 19:02:00 +0200Poland an informal EU-US mediator on Iran - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-an-informal-eu-us-mediator-on-iran---pm<p>Poland has become something like an informal mediator between the EU and the US following US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from a nuclear agreement with Iran, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 18:57:00 +0200Government seeks zero excise duty on gas for combustion engines to combat smoghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-seeks-zero-excise-duty-on-gas-for-combustion-engines-to-combat-smog<p>Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced a new bill to reduce the excise duty on gas for combustion engines to zero percent.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 15:47:00 +0200Number of Polish migrant workers drops - Work Service reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-polish-migrant-workers-drops---work-service-report<p>Around 11.8 percent of professionally active Poles or future employees consider labour migration in the coming year, according to a report published by the human resources consulting company Work Service.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 14:36:00 +0200Poland’s future presented at Grand Project conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-presented-at-grand-project-conference<p>Poland and its role in the world took centre stage at the “Poland – A Grand Project” conference held in Warsaw from May 17 until May 20. Now in its eighth year, the annual event, held at the city’s Grand Theatre, offered a “big picture” look at where the country is now and where it wants to go.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 13:41:00 +0200Poland's top bank PKO BP nets EUR 176 mln in first quarterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-bank-pko-bp-nets-eur-176-mln-in-first-quarter<p>Poland's flagship bank PKO BP posted PLN 757 mln (EUR 176 mln) in net profit in the first quarter of 2018, above the consensus expectations at PLN 704.8 mln (PLN 163.7 mln) and up from PLN 525 mln (EUR 122 mln) in the first three months of 2017.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 11:57:00 +0200Soaring hotel prices will see England fans staying in Gdańsk during World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soaring-hotel-prices-will-see-england-fans-staying-in-gdansk-during-world-cup<p>Thousands of World Cup football fans are expected to descend on the Polish port city of Gdańsk in the lead up to the competition in a bid to avoid accommodation price hikes of up to 18,000 per cent.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 11:24:00 +0200Czaputowicz and Pompeo discuss global security, Polish-US tieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czaputowicz-and-pompeo-discuss-global-security-polish-us-ties<p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have met in Washington to discuss global and regional security as well as Polish-US bilateral ties.</span></p>Tue, 22 May 2018 10:08:00 +0200Motif film festival kicks off in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/motif-film-festival-kicks-off-in-warsaw<p>The 14th edition of the “Jewish Motifs International Film Festival” begins tomorrow (Wednesday) in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 22 May 2018 10:03:00 +0200Poland’s PGNiG to pull out of Iran contracthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pgnig-to-pull-out-of-iran-contract<p>Poland’s gas giant PGNiG is to suspend projects with Iran following US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement and the renewal of sanctions on Iran.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 21:20:00 +0200Over 50,000 foreigners seek Polish residence cardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50000-foreigners-seek-polish-residence-cards<p>Over 50,000 foreigners applied for a residence permit in Poland in the first quarter of 2018, 11 percent more than in the same period in 2017, the Office for Foreigners announced on Monday. Most of the applications were filed by citizens of Ukraine.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 20:21:00 +0200Englishman’s home is his castle, literally!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/englishmans-home-is-his-castle-literally<p>The First News talks to Brit who turned Polish palace into family home – and more.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 17:21:00 +0200SMEs pay highest amounts into the budget - entrepreneurship ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smes-pay-highest-amounts-into-the-budget---entrepreneurship-minister<p>Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the biggest contributors to the budget, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Monday in Koszalin, northwestern Poland.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 16:41:00 +0200Ruling party's support at 36 pct - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-partys-support-at-36-pct---survey<p>Thirty-six percent of Poles who plan to participate in the next parliamentary elections would cast their vote for the ruling Law and Justice party, according to results of a poll conducted by Kantar Public published on Monday.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 16:22:00 +0200Group of disabled tell protesters to end parliamentary sit-inhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/group-of-disabled-tell-protesters-to-end-parliamentary-sit-in<p>A group of disabled people arrived at Poland's parliament building on Monday to urge the protesting disabled adults and their carers to end their sit-in protest in the Sejm (lower house) building and start talks with the government.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 15:25:00 +0200Polish Humanitarian Action offers new aid programme in Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-humanitarian-action-offers-new-aid-programme-in-iraq<p>The team of the Polish Humanitarian Action in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region visited the village of Marina on Sunday as part of a relief project for the most needy in the provinces of Dahuk and Irbil.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 12:17:00 +0200Tickbait – how mobile phones could explain tick biteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tickbait--how-mobile-phones-could-explain-tick-bites<p>With the tick season underway, the pests are out and about, jumping aboard human hosts and sucking up their blood.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 11:13:00 +0200Poland world's fourth largest furniture exporterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-worlds-fourth-largest-furniture-exporter<p>Poland is world's fourth largest exporter and sixth biggest producer of furniture, Michal Strzelecki of the Polish Chamber of Commerce of Furniture Manufacturers has told PAP.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 10:08:00 +0200Poland hosts CEE's biggest tech conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hosts-cees-biggest-tech-conference<p>About 300 start-ups from all over the world will take part in the 12th infoShare conference, an international event devoted to new technologies and innovations, to start in Gdańsk, northern Poland, on Tuesday.</p>Mon, 21 May 2018 09:40:00 +020010-month voyage around the world to celebrate independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/10-month-voyage-around-the-world-to-celebrate-independence<p>A three-mast sailing ship called the Gift of Youth (Dar Młodzieży) sets off on a 10 month voyage around the world to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.</p>Sun, 20 May 2018 21:42:00 +0200President appeals to Polish diaspora in USA to support Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-to-polish-diaspora-in-usa-to-support-poland<p>President Andrzej Duda appealed on Saturday at a meeting with representatives of the Polish diaspora in the US to "be together and support Poland," to make Americans feel that the Polish community "has great political power."</p>Sun, 20 May 2018 20:32:00 +0200Kraków’s Jewish Community Centre celebrates 10th anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakows-jewish-cultural-centre-celebrates-10th-anniversary<p>Members of the Jewish community in Kraków have been marking the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Community Center (JCC). The organisation, where members of the community can observe Shabbat meals, commemorate Jewish holidays and take part in Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaism classes, is hosting a number of different events to celebrate the occasion. Many non-Jews, among them dozens of Polish volunteers, who have dedicated themselves to the Jewish revival in their country, have also taken part in the celebrations.</p>Sun, 20 May 2018 19:57:00 +0200Future bright for Kraków’s Wisła and Cracoviahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/future-bright-for-krakows-wisla-and-cracovia<p>There may still be one round left of the football season, but the two Kraków teams can count a relatively successful season. Wisła Kraków, who will leave the season on Sunday with a match against Górnik Zabrze, will most likely finish 5th or 6th.</p>Sun, 20 May 2018 19:27:00 +0200Fundraising campaign launched to create memorial site commemorating the Great Synagogue of Oświęcimhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fundraising-campaign-launched-to-create-memorial-site-commemorating-the-great-synagogue-of-oswiecim<p>The Auschwitz Jewish Centre has launched an international crowd-funding campaign to create a memorial park where the Great Synagogue stood before it was destroyed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.</p>Sun, 20 May 2018 18:48:00 +0200Katarzyna Kozyra: sculptor, installation and video artist in Poland’s ‘critical art’ movementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katarzyna-kozyra-sculptor-installation-and-video-artist-in-polands-critical-art-movement<p>Controversial and shocking , Polish artist Katarzyna Kozyra has never shied away from breaking taboos.</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 21:03:00 +0200Poznań’s croissant museum – 30 minutes of unhinged madnesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznans-croissant-museum--30-minutes-of-unhinged-madness<p>Through combining life’s greatest unlikely pleasures, Poznań’s Croissant Museum achieves the impossible by managing to fit swords, food and mechanical goats into what amounts to thirty or so minutes of total, unhinged madness.</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 20:57:00 +0200He did it! Polish director wins prestigious award!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-director-wins-prestigious-award<p>Palme d”Or &nbsp;for best director in Cannes. British-Polish film director Paweł Pawlikowski returns to the big screen with his new film ‘Cold War’ and wins!</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 20:18:00 +0200Full circle for Wroclaw’s beer scenehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/full-circle-for-wroclaws-beer-scene<p>There’s something about Wroclaw, something that enchants and enthralls all those who visit. Ensconced within a wild tangle of ribboning waterways sits an old town of soaring steeples and cobbled courtyards; it’s quintessential Mitteleuropa, complete with teetering tenements and glowering gargoyles</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 19:24:00 +0200Take VAT! Govt. gains from VAThttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-vat-govt-gains-from-vat<p>Poland’s soaring VAT receipts, fuelled by the government’s tax collection drive and fast economic growth, are probably running out of steam, said economists in analysis disputed by the finance ministry.</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 16:14:00 +0200The Royal wedding’s Polish twisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-royal-weddings-polish-twist<p>Two of the stars helping out on Harry and Meghan’s big day are of Polish heritage.</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 15:27:00 +0200President Duda visits Illinois National Guard base in Kankakeehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-visits-illinois-national-guard-base-in-kankakee<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda visited the Illinois National Guard base in Kankakee on Friday evening (local time), where he met with US soldiers of Polish descent and spoke about cooperation between the National Gurad and Poland's Territorial Defence Force.</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 14:33:00 +0200President Duda holds talks with Chicago mayor, Illinois governorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-holds-talks-with-chicago-mayor-illinois-governor<p>Economic relations, including the establishment of an office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) in Chicago, was among the subjects of talks between Polish President Andrzej Duda, the mayor of Chicago and the governor of Illinois on Friday.</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 14:31:00 +0200Poland positive about US Nord Stream 2 initiative - Foreign Ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-positive-about-us-nord-stream-2-initiative---foreign-minister<p>Poland is favourably inclined towards US plans to sanction companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Friday in the Slovak capital Bratislava.</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 13:08:00 +0200Łódź Design Festival starts on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-design-festival-starts-on-saturday<p>"Reflections" is the motto of the 12th Łódź Design Festival which opens on Saturday in Łódź, central Poland. Presented at the international event will be the latest in industrial and artistic design, as well as fashion and architecture.</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 12:54:00 +0200Making waves – 10-month voyage around the world to celebrate independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/making-waves--10-month-voyage-around-the-world-to-celebrate-independence<p>A three-mast sailing ship called the Gift of Youth (Dar Młodzieży) will set off on a 10 month voyage around the world on Sunday to commemorate the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.</p>Sat, 19 May 2018 11:11:00 +0200Expulsion procedure starts against suspected Russian agenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/expulsion-procedure-starts-against-suspected-russian-agent<p>At the request of Poland's Internal Security Agency (ABW), an expulsion procedure was initiated on Thursday against a female citizen of Cyprus and Russia, Stanisław Żaryn, spokesman for the minister-coordinator of special services, announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 18 May 2018 17:13:00 +0200Battle of Monte Cassino, 1944https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/battle-of-monte-cassino-1944<p>Historian, Dr. Teodor Gąsiorowski, explains the background to the 1944 campaign and the victorious battle of Monte Cassino.</p>Fri, 18 May 2018 16:42:00 +0200Poland to provide South Sudan with 330,000 tonnes of food aidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-provide-south-sudan-with-330000-tonnes-of-food-aid<p>The Polish Medical Mission (PMM) in cooperation with the Polish government will donate 330,000 tonnes of food aid to Sudan. Close to 47,000 undernourished breast-feeding women, pregnant women, and children will receive help, announced Paulina Bandura, a PMM spokesperson.</p>Fri, 18 May 2018 16:00:00 +0200It would be good if American and North Korean leaders met – President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-would-be-good-if-american-and-north-korean-leaders-met--president-duda<p>It would be good if US President Donald Trump met with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, because it would contribute to building a sphere for world peace, said Polish President Andrzej Duda in an interview with the private radio broadcaster.</p>Fri, 18 May 2018 13:38:00 +0200Services held to mark 74th anniversary of bloody Monte Cassino battlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/services-held-to-mark-74th-anniversary-of-bloody-monte-cassino-battle<p>Today defence and interior ministers together with 30 elderly veterans of the Battle of Monte Cassino are in Italy visiting the ancient hilltop monastery south of Rome and the adjacent Polish military cemetery where the victims of the 1944 battle lie.</p>Fri, 18 May 2018 12:44:00 +0200Polański to sue film academy for being expelledhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polanski-to-sue-film-academy-for-being-expelled<p>Filmmaker Roman Polański has threatened to sue the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for being expelled "without a fair hearing.”</p>Fri, 18 May 2018 12:11:00 +0200Expert team for Białowieża Forest being set up - Environment ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/expert-team-for-bialowieza-forest-being-set-up---environment-minister<p>An expert team for the Białowieża Forest is being set up, Polish Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk announced on Thursday, expressing his hope that "it will work out a protection plan for the forest."</p>Fri, 18 May 2018 10:18:00 +0200Remembering Pope Saint John Paul IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-pope-saint-john-paul-ii<p>Poles and Catholics around the world will today commemorate the 98th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s birth, a man instrumental to the collapse of communism in Poland and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe, and the establishment of a more progressive Catholic Church.</p>Fri, 18 May 2018 09:53:00 +0200Bear necessities: The big brown bear who helped Polish troops in WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bear-necessities-the-big-brown-bear-who-helped-polish-troops-in-wwii<p>As Poland prepares to honour its heroes and remember its dead from the victorious Battle of Monte Cassino, which ended on May 18, 1944, one Polish soldier will hold a special place in veterans’ memories – a big brown bear called Wojtek.</p>Fri, 18 May 2018 02:21:00 +0200New technology from Polish entrepreneur leading the way in beacon technologyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-technology-from-polish-entrepreneur-leading-the-way-in-beacon-technology<p>Visitors to New York’s famed Guggenheim Museum may not know it but as they wander the corridors of art Polish technology is helping them on their way.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 21:34:00 +0200Polish President chairs UN Security Council open debatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-chairs-un-security-council-open-debate<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda chaired at the UN seat in New York on Thursday an open debate headlined "Strengthening and promoting international law within the context of the maintenance of international peace and security."</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 21:18:00 +0200Poland for outstretched hand to Western Balkans - PM at Sofia summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-outstretched-hand-to-western-balkans---pm-at-sofia-summit<p>The EU is divided on accepting the Western Balkans into the Community, Poland is among the countries who believe we should reach out our hand to these countries, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday after the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 21:07:00 +0200Polish President calls for legal responsibility at UN Security Council meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-calls-for-legal-responsibility-at-un-security-council-meeting<p>Poland’s president has called for a ‘moral and legal responsibility to restore trust in international law.’</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 19:13:00 +0200There is no peace without law - Polish Presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/there-is-no-peace-without-law---polish-president<p>There is no peace without law, Polish President Andrzej Duda said during an open debate at the UN seat in New York on Thursday. The debate focuses on the role of international law in maintaining international peace and security.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 18:07:00 +0200Read all about it!!! Warsaw book fair opens todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/read-all-about-it-warsaw-book-fair-opens-today<p>The annual Warsaw Book Fair has kicked off with book lovers and industry heavy weights, including Nobel laureates, descending on the National Stadium for four days of idle browsing and author book signings.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 17:32:00 +0200I am glad EC President is optimistic about talks with Poland - Foreign Minister Czaputowiczhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-am-glad-ec-president-is-optimistic-about-talks-with-poland---foreign-minister-czaputowicz<p>"I am glad that EC President Jean-Claude Juncker is optimistic about talks with Poland," Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Thursday, referring to a recent statement by the EC head about the rule of law in Poland.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 17:14:00 +0200Polish agency detains Russian national suspected of hybrid actionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agency-detains-russian-national-suspected-of-hybrid-actions<p>The Internal Security Agency (ABW) on Thursday detained a Russian citizen, Yekaterina C. (name withheld under the Polish law), on charges of taking part in hybrid activities against Poland, ABW said in a news release.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 16:46:00 +0200PM lays out his vision of Poland’s futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-lays-out-his-vision-of-polands-future<p>Where is Poland heading and what role can it play in today’s world? These are among the questions that the Polska Wielki Projekt – literally “Poland — A Grand Project” – congress, which opens today at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, seeks to answer.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 14:10:00 +0200Warsaw to Singapore in 12 hourshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-singapore-in-12-hours<p>Polish LOT airlines has launched flights to Singapore.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 10:36:00 +0200Poland, Germany found hybrid construction centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-germany-found-hybrid-construction-centre<p>Polish and German specialists will conduct research on new hybrid materials for use in motor and aviation industry in a planned Polish-German Hybrid Light Construction Centre in Gliwice, south Poland.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 10:16:00 +0200Polish President meets Jewish delegates in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-meets-jewish-delegates-in-new-york<p>US-visiting President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda on Wednesday met representatives of Jewish organisations at the Polish Consulate in New York.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 10:10:00 +0200PM focuses on small business at Katowice European Economic Congresshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-focuses-on-small-business-at-katowice-european-economic-congress-508<p>On May 14-16, politicians, business leaders and experts flocked to Katowice for the annual European Economic Congress. With around 150 sessions, over 900 speakers and some 10,000 guests, it is the biggest business event in Central Europe.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 02:48:00 +0200President pays tribute at the Katyń Memorial in Jersey Cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-tributes-katyn-memorial-in-jersey-city<p>US-visiting President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda on Wednesday laid flowers at the Katyń Memorial in Jersey City, which commemorates 22,000 Polish POWs mass-executed by the Soviets in April and May 1940 in west Russia's Katyń Forest.</p>Thu, 17 May 2018 02:08:00 +0200Poland increases humanitarian-aid spending every year - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-increases-humanitarian-aid-spending-every-year---official<p>The Polish government is increasing its humanitarian aid spending every year, Beata Kempa, the minister for humanitarian aid, told an international conference in Warsaw on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 22:35:00 +0200Poland’s largest luxury yacht making waveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-luxury-yacht-making-waves<p>The largest luxury yacht ever built in Poland has been launched by the Conrad shipyard in Gdansk.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p>Wed, 16 May 2018 22:00:00 +0200Foreign Ministry: Russia's bridge to Crimea violates int'l lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-ministry-russias-bridge-to-crimea-violates-intl-law<p>Poland's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the construction by Russia of a bridge to Crimea, without the consent of Ukraine and against the position of the UN General Assembly, represents another clear violation of international law.</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 21:38:00 +0200Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 21:32:00 +0200FM: Brussels could be more effective in negotiating new EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-brussels-could-be-more-effective-in-negotiating-new-eu-budget<p>Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Wednesday that talks on the European Union's new budget are highly polarised and there could be some reservations about the effectiveness of the European Commission in getting member states to reach an agreement.</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 20:58:00 +0200Roma people commemorate rebellion at former Auschwitz death camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roma-people-commemorate-rebellion-at-former-auschwitz-death-camp<p>Representatives of the Roma community in Poland paid tribute to the Roma and Sinti people, who 74 years ago rebelled against their oppressors in the Gypsy camp, which was part of the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland.</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 16:23:00 +0200Going gaga for Gaia: Polish Astronomers help map out the Milky Wayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-gaga-for-gaia-polish-astronomers-help-map-out-the-milky-way<p>Some of the most beautiful and detailed images ever taken of the Milky Way have been released by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia space telescope, the data from which will be used to create the most comprehensive maps of our galaxy to date with the help of Polish astronomers.</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 15:43:00 +0200Poland to set up Solidarity Fund to support disabledhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-set-up-solidarity-fund-to-support-disabled<p>Poland will establish a Solidarity Support Fund for Disabled People, finance and family ministers, Teresa Czerwińska and Elżbieta Rafalska, announced on Tuesday. Among other sources, the fund will be financed by a new tax on high earners.</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 13:51:00 +0200Polish Institute in Sofia opens Cold War exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-polish-institute-in-sofia-bulgaria-opened-on-tuesday-a-photography-exhibition-dedicated-to-the-cold-war<p>The Polish Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria, opened on Tuesday a photography exhibition dedicated to the Cold War.</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 13:05:00 +0200Polish FM urges Israel to respect Palestinians' right to protesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-urges-israel-to-respect-palestinians-right-to-protest<p>The Polish Foreign Ministry expressed "deep concerns" over the hostilities in the Gaza Strip where dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops during violent protests against the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 09:29:00 +0200Poland is becoming less dependent on Russian oilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-becoming-less-dependent-on-russian-oil<p>Last year, the share of Russian oil in oil imports to Poland dipped below 80% for the first time, according to the Ministry of Energy.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 16 May 2018 04:31:00 +0200Soros foundation moves from Budapest to Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soros-foundation-moves-from-budapest-to-berlin<p>The Open Society Foundation (OSF) run by Hungarian-Jewish billionaire George Soros is to shut down in the Hungarian capital Budapest and transfer its staff and operations to Berlin.</p>Tue, 15 May 2018 16:55:00 +0200Poznań International Air Showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-international-air-show<p>Two days of aerobatics, group skydiving and a presentation of historic aircrafts are in store for aviation fans (100 thousand are expected by the organizers), who will visit the Poznań – Ławica airport on May 19-20. &nbsp;</p>Tue, 15 May 2018 16:03:00 +0200Polish economic indicators – GDP and inflationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economic-indicators--gdp-and-inflation<p>The Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported that Polish GDP grew by 5.1% compared to last year, while inflation in April was at 1.6%. &nbsp;</p>Tue, 15 May 2018 15:26:00 +0200Jewish Culture Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-culture-festival<p>Jewish culture in Poland hasn’t just survived, but thrives and there is no better place to experience its revival, than the 10-day Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow.</p>Tue, 15 May 2018 15:00:00 +0200President Duda to chair Thursday UN Security Council open debatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-chair-thursday-un-security-council-open-debate<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda will start a four-day visit to the US on Wednesday during which he will chair a UN Security Council open debate on the role of international law in maintaining international peace and security.</p>Tue, 15 May 2018 12:46:00 +0200Jersey City, Polish diaspora reach accord on Katyń memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jersey-city-polish-diaspora-reach-accord-on-katyn-memorial<p>Jersey City authorities and the local Polish diaspora on Monday reached a consensus around the location of a memorial to the 1940 Katyń Forest Massacre, in which the Soviets mass-executed around 22,000 Polish POWs.</p>Tue, 15 May 2018 09:45:00 +0200Romans roamed the Kujawy region of Poland: new discoverieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/romans-roamed-the-kujawy-region-of-poland-new-discoveries<p>An unprecedented discovery has for the first time placed the Roman legions in the Polish region of Kujawy, much further outside the Roman Empire’s borders than had previously been assumed.</p>Tue, 15 May 2018 09:23:00 +0200Art looted from Poland during WWII up for Auction in Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-looted-from-poland-during-wwii-up-for-auction-in-berlin<p>A painting stolen from Poland by the Nazis during the Second World War is up for auction in Berlin.</p>Tue, 15 May 2018 09:13:00 +0200Public sector must drive innovation - entrepreneurship ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/public-sector-must-drive-innovation---entrepreneurship-min<p>Capital-funded public sector companies should be, along with private firms, an innovation driver, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Monday in Katowice, southern Poland.</p>Tue, 15 May 2018 09:08:00 +0200Poland-Hungary cooperation exemplary - PM Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hungary-cooperation-exemplary---pm-morawiecki<p>Polish-Hungarian cooperation is developing in an exemplary way. We share an unequivocal stand on migration and have a very close stance on the EU's future budget, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after Monday talks with his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban.</p>Mon, 14 May 2018 21:30:00 +0200Death of student beaten to death by communist police rememberedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/death-of-student-beaten-to-death-by-communist-police-remembered<p>President Duda today laid a wreath in memory of a student who was beaten to death by Poland’s Communist police.</p>Mon, 14 May 2018 17:01:00 +0200FM praises solution to dispute over Katyń memorial in US, as PM helpshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-praises-solution-to-dispute-over-katyn-memorial-in-us-as-pm-helps<p>Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Monday that the country has succeeded in bringing the dispute over the Katyń memorial in Jersey City to a successful conclusion. It also emerged that PM Mateusz Morawiecki was also involved in the efforts.</p>Mon, 14 May 2018 13:53:00 +0200European Economic Congress starts in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-economic-congress-starts-in-katowice<p>The 10th European Economic Congress, the largest economic event in Central Europe, began in the southern Polish city of Katowice on Monday with the panel discussion "Our New Europe".</p>Mon, 14 May 2018 13:35:00 +0200Hungarian PM, Viktor Orban, starts visit to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hungarian-pm-viktor-orban-starts-visit-to-poland<p>Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban started an official visit to Poland. He was welcomed by his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki in the Palace on the Isle at Warsaw's Łazienki Park.</p>Mon, 14 May 2018 13:23:00 +0200New law to make hiring foreign workers easierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-law-to-make-hiring-foreign-workers-easier<p>As Polish companies struggle to find qualified workers, more have been hiring foreign citizens, above all from Ukraine. Right now, that can involve long waits and paperwork.</p>Mon, 14 May 2018 12:47:00 +0200Timmermans: No chance to withdraw Article 7 at this stagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/timmermans-no-chance-to-withdraw-article-7-at-this-stage<p>The European Commission's Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that, at this stage, there is no chance to withdraw Article 7 which was launched by the EC in connection with concerns about the rule of law in Poland.</p>Mon, 14 May 2018 12:13:00 +0200Magdalena Abakanowicz – Sculptor of brooding formshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/magdalena-abakanowicz--sculptor-of-brooding-forms<p>For Magdalena Abakanowicz, the Polish sculptor known for vast, hanging sculptures made of organic matter, the inspiration for her life’s work lay in her childhood. As a child playing alone in the forests near her home, Abakanowicz would collect natural debris and interconnect the things she found into crude objects, which were then carefully stowed away at home.</p>Sun, 13 May 2018 20:41:00 +0200Gritty Polish films massive hit in UK cinemashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gritty-polish-films-massive-hit-in-uk-cinemas<p>There was a time when the mere mention of Polish films screening in the UK immediately raised the excitement levels of highbrow cineastes and outpourings of love and deep analysis from many of the country’s most influential film critics.&nbsp;</p>Sun, 13 May 2018 17:49:00 +0200Death of two of Poland’s greatest military heroes honouredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saturday-12-may-2018-saw-the-anniversary-of-the-death-of-two-of-polands-greatest-military-heroes<p>The 12th May 2018 saw the anniversary of the death of two of Poland’s greatest military heroes. The first is Marshal Józef Piłsudski, who was responsible for Poland regaining its independence 100 years ago. </p>Sun, 13 May 2018 13:49:00 +0200Fuzzy logic behind Sky Tronic’s search and rescue droneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fuzzy-logic-behind-sky-tronics-search-and-rescue-drones<p>Unmanned helicopters carrying out search and rescue operations in the mountains might seem like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, yet the Polish company Sky Tronic is in the process of making it happen. Difficult terrain and inclement weather conditions prevent aircraft with standard controls from flying. Sky Tronic is developing AI algorithms based on the fuzzy logic principle, which will enable stable and safe navigation regardless of conditions.</p>Sun, 13 May 2018 00:32:00 +0200Bartek the tree clonedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/bartek-the-tree-cloned<p>Foresters have cloned one of Poland’s oldest trees to celebrate 100 years of Polish independence. Over 200 saplings will be planted across the country.</p>Sun, 13 May 2018 00:01:00 +02002,500 Jewish children saved by Polish nursehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/2500-jewish-children-saved-by-polish-nurse<p>The 10th anniversary of the death of a Polish nurse who risked her life to save thousands of Jewish children during WWII will be marked today in Poland and by Holocaust survivors around the world.</p>Sat, 12 May 2018 22:06:00 +0200Poland 5th best place in Europe to raise familyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-5th-best-place-in-europe-to-raise-family<p>Poland is one of the best countries in Europe to raise a family, new research shows.</p>Sat, 12 May 2018 21:48:00 +0200PM Morawiecki prioritises decent work and pay for Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-prioritises-decent-work-and-pay-for-poles<p>Poland's ruling camp has been restoring decent work and pay for Poles, as well as investing in the future, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in Kielce, southern Poland, on Saturday.</p>Sat, 12 May 2018 19:48:00 +0200Irena Sendler’s story worth remembering - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/irena-sendlers-story-worth-remembering---president-duda<p>Irena Sendler was a heroine who is credited with having saved the lives of thousands of children during the Second World War; she is a monumental, wonderful figure, we must remember her, President Andrzej Duda wrote on Twitter on Saturday.</p>Sat, 12 May 2018 19:38:00 +0200Warsaw one of the best places in the world for vegan foodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-one-of-the-best-places-in-the-world-for-vegan-food<p>When Feliciano Diaz opened a vegan restaurant in Warsaw three years ago he knew he was taking a step into the unknown. A dedicated vegan with a passion for food and a Polish wife, the Spaniard wanted to bring the spirit of veganism to the Polish capital but knew that the idea of keeping away from meat and dairy foods was still something of a novelty in Poland.</p>Sat, 12 May 2018 18:26:00 +0200Polish president signs air passenger data transfer bill into lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-signs-air-passenger-data-transfer-bill-into-law<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday signed into law a bill concerning the transfer of data (PNR - Passenger Name Record) to the Border Guard by airlines which fly passengers to and from the European Union, as well as between member states.</p>Sat, 12 May 2018 17:33:00 +0200Agreement regarding Katyń Memorial reached with Jersey City mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agreement-regarding-katyn-memorial-reached-with-jersey-city-mayor<p>The Katyń Memorial in Jersey City will remain at the embankment of the Hudson River. It will be moved 60 metres from the place where it is now, Polish Consul general in New York Maciej Golubiewski wrote on Twitter late on Friday.</p>Sat, 12 May 2018 09:39:00 +0200Into the lighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/into-the-light<p>Warsaw’s strangest museum? Maybe. It’s hippest? Certainly. Appealing to everyone from nostalgic design nerds to retro-minded creatives, the capital’s Neon Museum presents a curious collection of salvaged signs inside a repurposed industrial space that today glimmers in rescued neon.</p>Sat, 12 May 2018 00:57:00 +0200Brit-Polish film about Katyń massacre releasedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brit-polish-film-about-katyn-massacre-released<p>A new film about the Katyń massacre saw national release last night, with screenings in all major cities across Poland.</p>Fri, 11 May 2018 22:54:00 +0200Annual Chopin concerts begin in Łazienki Parkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/annual-chopin-concerts-begin-in-lazienki-park<p>Monday sees the start of a 4-month celebration of Polish composer Frederyk Chopin with a series of concerts to be held in Łazienki&nbsp;Park in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 11 May 2018 18:09:00 +0200Katyń memorial row deepens over controversial plans to move ithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katyn-memorial-row-deepens-over-controversial-plans-to-move-it<p>A row over moving a statue to the victims of the 1940 Katyń massacre, in which over 20,000 Polish elite were slain by Stalin’s murderous secret police, has gone from a local spat to an increasingly international show of support for New Jersey’s Polish émigré community.</p>Fri, 11 May 2018 17:19:00 +0200Shortage in semi-skilled labour becoming a headache for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shortage-in-semi-skilled-labour-becoming-a-headache-for-poland<p>Poland has indicated that it would be willing to review its stance on immigration to satisfy the country’s increasing labour shortage.</p><p><br></p>Fri, 11 May 2018 16:23:00 +0200Polish and Lithuanian rail companies sign freight contracthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-lithuanian-rail-companies-sign-freight-contract<p>Polish Railfreight Company PKP Cargo signed a contract with Lithuanian Railways that will improve cargo loading at railway border crossings between Poland and Lithuania, PKP Cargo informed PAP on Friday.</p>Fri, 11 May 2018 15:48:00 +0200The 10th European Economic Congress to be held in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-10th-european-economic-congress-to-be-held-in-katowice<p>Poland's Minister for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Jadwiga Emilewicz, told PAP on Friday that the new pro-investment bill, recently approved by the Sejm (lower house), entails groundbreaking changes and entrepreneurs had a key say in its shape.</p>Fri, 11 May 2018 15:37:00 +0200Polish GDP growth soars aheadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gdp-growth-soars-ahead<p>Since the fall of communism, Poland has steadily been getting richer. Now the country is set to overtake Portugal in terms of GDP per capita adjusted by purchasing power parity (PPP), as a recent article in Rzeczpospolita highlights.</p>Fri, 11 May 2018 13:28:00 +0200From Tel Aviv to Kraków - and why I stayed. Holiday Inn General Manager tells the First News of how he fell in love with Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-tel-aviv-to-krakow---and-why-i-stayed-holiday-inn-general-manager-tells-the-first-news-why-he-fell-in-love-with-krakow<p>An award-winning Israeli hotelier who went to Kraków to discover his family history is still there 15 years on.</p>Fri, 11 May 2018 00:20:00 +0200Polish Deputy Foreign Minister: Jersey City mayor backtracks over Katyń memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-deputy-foreign-minister-jersey-city-mayor-backtracks-over-katyn-memorial<p>Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk said that the controversy surrounding the Katyń Memorial in Jersey City has become so considerable that the city's mayor Steven Fulop had no choice and decided to take "half a step back."</p>Thu, 10 May 2018 20:12:00 +0200Newspaper experiment shows shocking anti-Semitism on German streetshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/newspaper-experiment-shows-shocking-anti-semitism-on-german-streets<p>An experiment with an Israeli flag has revealed shocking levels of anti-Semitism in Germany.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 10 May 2018 14:32:00 +0200Choca-block: Truck covers Polish motorway in melted chocolatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/choca-block-truck-covers-polish-motorway-in-melted-chocolate<p>A lorry carrying 12 tonnes of liquid chocolate lost its load after overturning on a Polish motorway.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 10 May 2018 14:15:00 +0200Polish Army on a shopping spree – modernisation of the military with American equipmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-on-a-shopping-spree--modernisation-of-the-military-with-american-equipment<p>Poland splashing out PLN 16 bln (EUR 3.8 bln) on a Patriot air and defence system marks the largest weapons contract in the country’s history.</p><p><br></p>Thu, 10 May 2018 13:13:00 +0200Polish and Latvian FMs discuss regional security, EU futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-latvian-fms-discuss-regional-security-eu-future<p>Relations between Poland and Latvia are based on good foundations and good history, Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said after meeting with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics in Riga on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 10 May 2018 12:26:00 +0200Gen. Hodges: Poland's transportation hub to improve region's securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gen-hodges-polands-transportation-hub-to-improve-regions-security<p>The Central Transportation Port would bring not only economic benefits to Poland, but also improve security in the region by facilitating a quick transfer of troops, former US Army commander Ben Hodges told PAP.</p>Thu, 10 May 2018 11:45:00 +0200Joseph Conrad: Writer and… seafarerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/joseph-conrad-writer-andseafarer<p>Poland isn’t known for its nautical traditions, so it is perhaps surprising that one of literature’s most famous seafarers was a Pole.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 22:37:00 +0200Government encourages Poles to have more babieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-encourages-poles-to-have-more-babies<p>Poland is faced with a declining population, as are most EU countries, so the Polish government has proposed new measures to encourage people to have children. The new package of proposals, called “Mama Plus”, continues the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party’s emphasis on supporting families, now with a focus on motherhood, from pregnancy to giving mothers of 4 children or more a minimum retirement pension.</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 22:26:00 +0200EU bosses threaten to cut funding to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-bosses-threaten-to-cut-funding-to-poland<p>Poland has lashed out at the EU over plans to cut funding to countries the bloc says are "undermining the rule of law.”</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 16:41:00 +0200EBRD raises Poland's GDP growth forecast to 4 pct in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-raises-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-to-4-pct-in-2018<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has raised Poland's GDP growth forecast to 4.0 percent in 2018 from 3.4 percent, the bank's May report shows. In 2019, Poland's economy is to expand at a 3.3 percent rate.</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 16:14:00 +0200PKO BP's chief economist sees Poland's GDP growth at 4.6 pct in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bps-chief-economist-sees-polands-gdp-growth-at-46-pct-in-2018<p>The Polish economy will expand at a 4.6 percent rate in 2018 and will slow down to 3.7 percent in 2019, PAP was told by Piotr Bujak, the chief economist of the country's biggest bank PKO BP.</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 15:39:00 +0200Peace and Unity: Europe Day is herehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/peace-and-unity-europe-day-is-here<p>Today the EU celebrates Europe Day, 68 years on from when the man who first proposed it, Robert Schumann, laid out his blueprint for uniting the continent.</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 15:06:00 +0200Polish space company to take part in European missionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-space-company-to-take-part-in-european-mission<p>Space company Sener Polska told PAP that it is set to take part in a new project by the European Space Agency (ESA), by designing equipment for a space satellite.</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 14:25:00 +0200EU decision makers threaten to cut funding to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-decision-makers-threaten-to-cut-funding-to-poland<p>Poland has lashed out at the EU over plans to cut funding to countries the bloc says are "undermining the rule of law.”</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 13:28:00 +0200Is the EU going to be federation or a union of sovereign states?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/is-the-eu-going-to-be-federation-or-a-union-of-sovereign-states<p>Leading Polish historian, Andrzej Nowak, poses a very important question about the future direction the EU might take. Is the EU heading for a federation or a closely integrated union of states?</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 13:04:00 +0200Two 14-year-old Polish students win European Money Quizhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-14-year-old-polish-students-win-european-money-quiz<p>Emilian Ptak and Paweł Rozbejko, two 14-year-olds from a primary school in Głogów (southwestern Poland), became the first-ever European Money Quiz champions in Brussels.</p>Wed, 09 May 2018 12:08:00 +0200Poland goes green with new power plant launch next yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-goes-green-with-new-power-plant-launch-next-year<p>A new, greener power unit in south-western Poland has passed key tests and is set to be ready next year. The 910 MW bloc will be part of the Jaworzno III power plant owned by Tauron, one of Poland’s four major energy companies, located near the city of Katowice.&nbsp;</p>Tue, 08 May 2018 22:39:00 +0200Poland a magnet for attracting foreign investorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-magnet-for-attracting-foreign-investors<p>Poland has become an ideal location for the development of foreign business activities, according to the latest report by the fDi Markets analysis centre of the Financial Times Group.</p>Tue, 08 May 2018 22:23:00 +0200PKO BP bank's team best forecaster according to Consensus Economicshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-bp-banks-team-best-forecaster-according-to-consensus-economics<p>The economic research team of Poland's biggest bank PKO BP has topped the ranking of economic forecasters for 2017 as prepared by the UK-based survey organisation Consensus Economics, the bank said in a statement.</p>Tue, 08 May 2018 17:46:00 +0200President Duda for raising Poland's presence in demilitarised zonehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-for-raising-polands-presence-in-demilitarised-zone<p>President Andrzej Duda has an idea to strengthen Poland's presence in the Korean Demilitarised Zone, head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Pawel Soloch said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 08 May 2018 15:32:00 +0200Brazil most promising partner in South America - Polish deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brazil-most-promising-partner-in-south-america---polish-deputy-fm<p>Brazil is Poland's largest and most promising partner in this part of the world, Polish Deputy FM Marek Magierowski said during his visit to Sao Paulo, South America’s largest economic and industrial centre.</p>Tue, 08 May 2018 12:36:00 +0200Most cars in Poland purchased by individual customershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-cars-in-poland-purchased-by-individual-customers<p>Around 139,900 new passenger cars were registered in Poland in the first quarter of this year, according to the "Automotive Industry" quarterly report, jointly issued by the KPMG global consultancy firm and the Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM).</p>Tue, 08 May 2018 12:11:00 +0200It’s electric! Poland drives forward it's E-Car planshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-electric-poland-drives-forward-its-e-car-plans<p>Two cities, four crews and four different electric cars: there were the parameters of the e-Rally held in Poland on 21-22 April. The crews, made up of journalists from different Polish media outlets, set out to test four e-cars: a BMW i3, a Hyundai Ioniq, a Nissan Leaf and a newer Nissan Leaf II. Their mission was to get from Warsaw to Wrocław and back again, swapping cars midway.</p>Tue, 08 May 2018 12:00:00 +0200Polonia volleyball team take second place in UK matchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polonia-volleyball-team-take-second-place-in-uk-match<p>A Polonia volleyball team in the UK consisting of couriers, technicians, goldsmiths and bankers, has come second place in the English National Cup.</p>Mon, 07 May 2018 22:22:00 +0200Projects handled by PAIH up by EUR 1.6 billion over a yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/projects-handled-by-paih-up-by-eur-16-billion-over-a-year<p>The value of projects handled by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) grew by EUR 1.6 billion from May 2017 to May 2018. In 2018, the agency has already completed 16 projects worth EUR 300 million.</p>Mon, 07 May 2018 16:41:00 +0200Night of the Museumshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/night-of-the-museums<p>The 2018 edition of Poland’s Night of the Museums kicks off next week. The annual event which sees museums, galleries, historic buildings and theatres across the country throw open their doors into the early hours to members of the public for free begins on 19 May, unless you’re in Krakow which traditionally runs its Night of the Museums the night before.&nbsp;</p>Mon, 07 May 2018 15:40:00 +0200Poland’s new airport to become Central European hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-new-airport-to-become-central-european-hub<p>To cope with rising air traffic through Warsaw, the Polish government will build a new central airport. The Central Transport Hub, as it is called, has become the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party’s key infrastructure project. Named after the Solidarity trade union that helped topple communism in Poland in 1989, it is due to open in 2027.&nbsp;</p>Mon, 07 May 2018 15:19:00 +0200Germans deliberately targeted civilian sites in 1939 Siege of Warsaw, new WWII documents revealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germans-deliberately-targeted-civilian-sites-in-1939-siege-of-warsaw-new-wwii-documents-reveal<p>Newly discovered “secret” Nazi files reveal that the Germans may have deliberately targeted hospitals and other civilian institutions as part of a methodical bombing of Warsaw in 1939 aimed at causing death and panic.</p>Mon, 07 May 2018 14:54:00 +0200Mine collapse leaves 2 dead, 3 still missinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mine-collapse-leaves-2-dead-3-still-missing<p>Rescuers are searching for three miners after the Zofiowka mine in Jastrzebie-Zdroj, southern Poland, caved in on Saturday following a series of underground tremors.</p>Mon, 07 May 2018 14:24:00 +0200Meet Photon, the robot teaching children to programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meet-photon-the-robot-teaching-children-to-programme<p>An educational robot called Photon developed in Poland is rapidly gaining fans abroad – among them Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. During the royal couple’s visit to Poland last July, they were seen playing with the robot. Photon is not just fun, though; he is designed to teach children valuable problem-solving and programming skills, which are increasingly sought after by employers.&nbsp;</p>Mon, 07 May 2018 14:00:00 +0200Gdańsk’s Deepwater Container Terminalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansks-deepwater-container-terminal<p>Located on Poland’s coast, Gdańsk has over a thousand years of shipping history. In the Middle Ages, it was already a flourishing trading centre, one of the most important ports on the Baltic Sea. Recently, Gdańsk’s significance as a port has been buoyed by the Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT).</p><p><br></p>Mon, 07 May 2018 13:16:00 +0200Polish-Albanian talks start in Tiranahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-minister-pays-a-working-visit-to-albania-on-monday<p>Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz began a working visit to Albania on Monday morning with talks with his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati in Tirana. Later, the Polish official is scheduled to meet the country's President Ilir Meta and Prime Minister Edi Rama.</p>Mon, 07 May 2018 11:20:00 +0200Poland's post-Brexit dillemashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-post-brexit-dillemas<p>As Britain heads towards the EU’s exit door Poles are wondering just how their country will fit into, if at all, any British post-Brexit view of Europe and the relationships London will hope to cultivate.</p>Mon, 07 May 2018 08:00:00 +0200Wheelie good news for bicycle lovers: Rent-a-bike schemes taking over the citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wheelie-good-news-for-bicycle-lovers-rent-a-bike-schemes-talking-over-the-cities<p>Bike-lovers in Poland are riding high with the steady increase of rent-a-bike schemes in all major cities. According to the Statistics Office, there are currently over 11,200km of cycle paths across Poland and 15,500 bikes for rent in 34 cities.</p>Sun, 06 May 2018 16:11:00 +0200As safe as a car, as agile as a motorbike - Poland’s car of the futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-safe-as-a-car-as-agile-as-a-motorbike---polands-car-of-the-future<p>What do you get if you cross a car with a motorbike? The answer is not a two-wheeled car but rather the Triggo - an electric car that its Polish inventors say combines the manoeuvrability of a motorbike with the advantages of a car.</p>Sun, 06 May 2018 09:00:00 +0200Pixel Legend – the Polish company using virtual reality to recreate the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pixel-legend-the-polish-company-using-virtual-reality-to-recreate-the-world<p>Imagine if you could travel back hundreds of years and explore historical landmarks as they were then. Good news: there’s an app for that. Polish company Pixel Legend is revolutionising the use of virtual and augmented reality technology in everyday life. Using scanning, recording, data processing and 3D design, it creates cutting-edge products spanning architecture, archaeology and tourism.</p>Sun, 06 May 2018 08:00:00 +0200Polish MoD meets EU counterparts in Bulgariahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-meets-eu-counterparts-in-bulgaria<p>The role and tasks of the European Defence Agency (EDA), the future form of Permanent Structure Cooperation (PESCO), crisis management operations and military mobility were the focus of talks at an informal meeting of EU defence ministers in Sofia on Saturday.</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 22:48:00 +0200President, PM, Interior Minister praise firefighters on their dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-interior-minister-praise-firefighters-on-their-day<p>President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski praised firefighters and thanked them for their work during central observances marking International Firefighters' Day in Warsaw on Saturday.</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 22:42:00 +0200First Air Festival to be held in Świdnik in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-air-festival-to-be-held-in-swidnik-in-june<p>The First Air Festival to be held in Świdnik, eastern Poland, on June 9 -10 will feature various types of modern and historical aeroplanes and helicopters as well as skyhigh acrobatic shows. The organisers expect around 30,000 visitors.</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 22:39:00 +0200European Wrestling Championships – Roksana Zasina wins silverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-wrestling-championships--roksana-zasina-wins-silver<p>Roksana Zaspina (ZTA Zgierz) won the silver medal in the 55 kg freestyle category during the European Wrestling Championships, held in Kaspiisk, Russia. She lost to the Belarusian Iryna Kurochkina in the gold-medal match, which ended in a 4:4 draw.</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 14:26:00 +0200Truck with 10 tonnes of Polish food supplies reaches South Sudanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/truck-with-10-tonnes-of-polish-food-supplies-reaches-south-sudan<p>Truck with 10 tonnes of Polish food supplies reaches South Sudan.</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 14:22:00 +0200Green Velo: Discover the east of Poland by bikehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/green-velo-discover-the-east-of-poland-by-bike<p>Stretching a colossal 2,000km and taking 37 days to complete, Green Velo is the longest marked cycling path in Poland.</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 14:01:00 +0200The only place to Choo Choo-se: Silesian railway museum is full steam aheadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-place-to-choo-choo-se-silesian-railway-museum-is-full-steam-ahead<p>Railway enthusiasts are in for the time of their lives with the opening of a‘Railway Fever’ exhibition.&nbsp;</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 13:00:00 +0200Rappers’ holocaust song sparks furyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rappers-holocaust-song-sparks-fury<p>German rappers have caused outrage after winning a Hip Hop competition with a song calling for “a new Holocaust.”&nbsp;</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 12:00:00 +0200Happy Birdday!!! Footage of wild hawk eggs hatching grips the internethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whens-the-birdday-bird-spotters-wait-for-mating-hawks-to-have-chicks<p>Bird-spotters who spent months watching live footage of a pair of hawks waiting for their chicks to hatch have finally been rewarded after the eggs hatched on Thursday (May 3rd).</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 09:08:00 +0200UN-BEAR-LIEVABLE: bear video goes viral!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/un-bear-lievable-bear-video-goes-viral<p>A Facebook video of a close encounter between a Polish forester and a bear has sent the internet into meltdown.&nbsp;</p>Sat, 05 May 2018 07:43:00 +0200Polish fury at plans to remove Katyń genocide memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fury-at-plans-to-remove-genocide-memorial<p>Plans to remove a memorial in the USA to the victims of the Katyń massacre, which saw over 20,000 Polish intelligentsia murdered by the Soviet NKVD, have been slammed by Polish authorities.</p>Fri, 04 May 2018 22:51:00 +0200Beginning of Matura - high school final examshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beginning-of-matura---high-school-final-exams<p>The Presidential couple, Prime Minister and Speakers of the lower and upper houses of the Polish parliament extended their best wishes of success to Polish students who sat for their Matura high school exit exams.</p>Fri, 04 May 2018 16:29:00 +0200Off Camera film festival a hit for 11th year in a rowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/off-camera-film-festival-a-hit-for-11th-year-in-a-row<p>Thousands of people have descended on Krakow for the 11th "Off Camera" film festival.</p>Fri, 04 May 2018 15:28:00 +0200Referendum on the Constitution to go ahead, says Presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/referendum-on-the-constitution-to-go-ahead-says-president<p>Poland will hold a referendum on proposed constitutional reform on the centenary of the country’s independence, President Andrzej Duda confirmed in a speech during the 227th anniversary celebrations of Europe’s first constitution.</p>Fri, 04 May 2018 14:06:00 +0200International law and the conflict in Ukraine among priorities of Polish UN Security Council presidencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-law-and-the-conflict-in-ukraine-among-priorities-of-polish-un-security-council-presidency<p>Strengthening the role of international law, and the conflict in eastern Ukraine will be main priorities of Poland's UN Security Council presidency in May, stated the Polish Permanent Representative to the UN.</p>Fri, 04 May 2018 13:43:00 +0200Poland prepares for World Cup challengehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prepares-for-world-cup-challenge<p>Football fans around the globe are counting down the days until one of the greatest sporting spectacles on Earth — the FIFA World Cup. And Poland is one of the 14 hopeful European nations getting ready for their campaign at the tournament, to be held this year from June 14 to July 15 in the Russian Federation.</p>Fri, 04 May 2018 12:56:00 +0200Polish business in post-Brexit Britainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-business-in-post-brexit-britain<p>When it comes to Brexit and the future of Polish-owned businesses in the UK, Rafał Moszkowcow has mixed feelings.</p>Fri, 04 May 2018 06:01:00 +0200Poland and Hungary join forces for a different Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-hungary-join-forces-for-a-different-europe<p>As Viktor Orbán celebrated another win in Hungary last month, he had a message for Poland. “I would like to thank our Polish friends, Chairman Kaczyński and Prime Minister Morawiecki (PiS) for coming and supporting us,” he said in his speech on April 8, as his party, Fidesz, celebrated another win in the Hungarian parliamentary elections. The Polish leaders, who were in Budapest two days before the elections for the unveiling of a monument to the victims of the Smolensk plane crash, had no direct impact on Orbán’s victory. Yet his words, and their visit, highlight the mutual appreciation between the governments in Warsaw and Budapest, as they call for a different Europe.</p>Fri, 04 May 2018 06:00:00 +0200New EU budget proposal imperfect, but a good start for a debatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-eu-budget-proposal-imperfect-but-a-good-start-for-a-debate<p>The proposal presented by the European Commission on Wednesday makes it possible to start a debate on the future of the next EU budget, stated Jerzy Kwieciński, the Polish Investment and Development Minister. Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański added, that the proposal is still imperfect.</p>Thu, 03 May 2018 14:09:00 +0200Leaders congratulate Poland on May 3rd Constitution Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leaders-congratulate-poland-on-may-3rd-constitution-day<p>The US President, European leaders and royalty have congratulated the Polish nation on the 227th anniversary of the declaration of Poland's ground-breaking May 3rd Constitution.</p>Thu, 03 May 2018 12:34:00 +0200Polish company involved in next space mission to Marshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-company-involved-in-next-space-mission-to-mars<p>The Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology (MPiT) has announced that more and more Polish companies are participating in international space missions (including ones organized by NASA and ESA- European Space Agency).</p>Thu, 03 May 2018 12:25:00 +0200President confirms referendum plans as Poland honours 3rd May Constitutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-confirms-referendum-plans-as-poland-honours-3rd-may-constitution<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday that he will request the Senate (upper house) to hold a constitutional referendum on November 10 and 11 this year, as Poland marked 227 years since the adoption of the groundbreaking Constitution of May 3, 1791.</p>Thu, 03 May 2018 11:16:00 +0200Toyota drives forward with new investmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toyota-drives-forward-with-new-investment<p>Japanese giant Toyota is taking on 500 new employees to work on the production of their new-generation petrol engines at their plant in Jelcz Laskowice, southwest Poland.</p>Thu, 03 May 2018 11:00:00 +0200President presents state distinctions on National Flag Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-presents-state-distinctions-on-national-flag-day<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda awarded state distinctions to Polish diaspora activists during a ceremony marking the National Flag Day on May 2. The Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad Day also falls on May 2.</p>Thu, 03 May 2018 09:58:00 +0200Israel’s Facebook boost for Polish Tourismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israels-facebook-boost-for-polish-tourism<p>Poland has become the hottest destination for Israelis after an Israeli woman set up a tourist information Facebook page.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 03 May 2018 08:00:00 +0200US law supports giving property to Jewish WWII victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-law-supports-giving-property-to-jewish-wwii-victims<p>A controversial bill could see thousands of Jewish groups and individuals claiming financial compensation from Poland for loss of property during WWII.The S 447 bill passed by the US Congress on Tuesday April 24 will oblige the US State Department to produce regular reports on “the return of or restitution for wrongfully seized or transferred Holocaust-era assets.”</p>Thu, 03 May 2018 06:00:00 +0200About ushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/about-us<p>The First News was set up to provide accurate, interesting and dynamic news from, in and around Poland.</p>Thu, 03 May 2018 00:01:00 +0200May 2nd, Polish Flag Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/may-2nd-polish-flag-day<p>Celebrated on May 2nd, the Polish National Flag Day honours the white and red of the Polish coat of arms and flag. Displaying or wearing the national colours is &nbsp;an expression of pride, patriotism, commitment and national unity, regardless of political views or affiliations. &nbsp;It also the Day of Polonia and Poles Abroad, recognizing the accomplishments of estimated 20 million Poles or people of Polish origins living outside of the country.</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 16:14:00 +0200Słowiński National Parkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/slowinski-national-park<p>Situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea, the Słowiński National Park is known for its unique moving sand dunes and alluring scenery. The Park covers 32,5 km of coastline, seaside lakes and forests. Łeba, Rowy and Smołdzino, small towns located within the Park, are popular tourist destination. The Institute of Oceanography at the University of Gdańsk uses the Parks beaches as the ground for releasing seals to the sea, as part of the species’ reintroduction to the Baltic programme.</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 15:49:00 +0200The story behind the First Newshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-story-behind-the-first-news<p>During the final months of WWI, Joseph Conrad wrote The First News as a reflective piece on how people reacted with disbelief to the news that war was coming. One hundred years on, the original manuscript, which is one of only 25 published, is housed in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 15:24:00 +0200Original manuscript of Joseph Conrad’s the First Newshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/original-manuscript-of-joseph-conrads-the-first-news<p>The original manuscript of Joseph Conrad’s the First News is kept in the Morgan Library &amp; Museum in New York. Written in 1918, it tells the story of the author’s experience and disbelief on the day the World War I broke out.</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 15:11:00 +0200New book reveals secret Polish-Czech resistance to communistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-reveals-secret-polish-czech-resistance-to-communists<p>A new book detailing the joint resistance activities of the Polish and Czechoslovakian underground during Communism is to be published this month.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 14:00:00 +0200Miroslaw Balka – The Art Of Darknesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miroslaw-balka--the-art-of-darkness<p>Mainly concerned with human existence - the body in life, death and decay, personal and collective memory and creating works around his own personal history - Balka’s work encompasses the darker aspects of the human condition.</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 13:31:00 +0200DJ Granny funks up Warsaw nightlifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dj-granny-funks-up-warsaw-nightlife<p>A Polish grandma has been rocking Warsaw’s nightlife by DJ-ing in some of the capital’s trendiest clubs.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 12:02:00 +0200Looted art recoverdhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/looted-art-recoverd<p>Police and art investigators from the Ministry of Culture have recovered three important paintings looted by German Nazis during World War II.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 09:04:00 +0200German theatre offers free seats to anyone wearing swastikahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-theatre-offers-free-seats-to-anyone-wearing-swastika<p>A German theatre is under fire for offering free entry to people wearing Swastika armbands to a play called Mein Kampf – and making those who pay for entry wear the Star of David.</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 09:00:00 +0200Flag Day at home and awayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-day-at-home-and-away<p>Symbolising purity, courage and valour, Poland’s national colours of white and red are steeped in history and legend.</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 08:04:00 +0200May Day observed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/may-day-observed-in-poland<p>"Poland needs higher wages" was the motto of a May 1 rally organised by the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ) in Warsaw. Demonstrations were also organised by trade unions and leftist organisations in other Polish cities.</p>Tue, 01 May 2018 21:26:00 +0200Polish FM on Polish UN Security Council presidency's prioritieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-on-polish-un-security-council-presidencys-priorities<p>During his recent visits to New York, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz made several statements on Poland's priorities during the country's one-month presidency of the UN Security Council that started on May 1.</p>Tue, 01 May 2018 18:23:00 +0200No strike on May 1, protest picket instead - LOT airline's trade unionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-strike-on-may-1-protest-picket-instead---lot-airlines-trade-unions<p>Guided by responsibility for Polish national air carrier LOT employees and the company, and taking into account the inconvenience to passengers, trade unions operating in LOT have decided not to stage a strike on Tuesday, May 1.</p><p><br></p>Mon, 30 Apr 2018 20:19:00 +0200Opinions split on Poland's foreign policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opinions-split-on-polands-foreign-policy<p>Respondents are almost split in half in their opinions on Polish foreign policy since the governing party Law and Justice (PiS) took over power in 2015, with 40 percent voicing positive opinions and 41 percent saying the opposite, a poll has shown.</p><p><br></p>Mon, 30 Apr 2018 19:15:00 +0200Poland's Constitution for Business to help foreign investorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-constitution-for-business-to-help-foreign-investors<p>A package of five laws known as the Constitution for Business, which are aimed to facilitate running business in Poland, came into force on April 30. One of the laws focuses on improving the business environment for foreign investors.</p>Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:18:00 +0200Polish police nab Hitler concert organisershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-police-nab-hitler-concert-organisers<p>Two neo-Nazis who organised a music festival to mark the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birthday have been arrested in Poland.</p>Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:55:00 +0200Opposition motions for no-confidence vote against dep PM, family minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-motions-for-no-confidence-vote-against-dep-pm-family-min<p>Lawmakers from Poland's main opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), submitted no-confidence motions to the Sejm (lower house) on Monday against a deputy PM and the family minister over the unresolved problem of the disabled.</p>Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:24:00 +0200Poland's UN Security Council presidency may be historical - President's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-un-security-council-presidency-may-be-historical---presidents-aide<p>Poland's presidency of the UN Security Council will take place during a very intensive period of international relations, top aide to the Polish president Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP on Monday, stressing that "this May may be historical."</p>Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:11:00 +0200Poland may reach EU's average GDP in 10-15 years - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-reach-eus-average-gdp-in-10-15-years---pm<p>Poland has a chance to achieve at least the EU average in terms of per capita GDP in 10-15 years, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said during a meeting in Pelplin, north-west Poland.</p><p><br></p>Sun, 29 Apr 2018 14:18:00 +0200US wants to invest in Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-wants-to-invest-in-poland---minister<p>US enterprise is willing to invest in Poland and eager to welcome Polish investment in the US, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz has told PAP.</p>Sun, 29 Apr 2018 14:15:00 +0200Polish fuel giant PKN Orlen to import more oil from Saudi Arabiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fuel-giant-pkn-orlen-to-import-more-oil-from-saudi-arabia<p>Poland's PKN Orlen fuel company has signed an annex to the long-term agreement with the Saudi Aramco oil company, increasing oil supplies by 100,000 tons monthly, which means over 20 percent of the raw material for Orlen refineries will come from Saudi Arabia.</p>Sun, 29 Apr 2018 14:13:00 +0200PM thanks US President for his words on Poland’s defence spendinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-thanks-us-president-for-his-words-on-polands-defence-spending<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki thanked US president Donald Trump for his words, on Friday, which praised Poland for paying even more for defence spending than it was obliged to. President Trump stressed that this is valued by the US.</p>Sat, 28 Apr 2018 14:10:00 +0200Deputy PM Gowin: Compromise needed in Polish-Jewish dialoguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-pm-gowin-compromise-needed-in-polish-jewish-dialogue<p>Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin met in Washington on Friday with the leaders of major Jewish organisations. Noting differences in Polish and Jewish attitudes, he assessed that a dialogue requiring mutual compromise is essential.</p>Sat, 28 Apr 2018 14:05:00 +0200Polish MoD very satified with security talks in Washingtonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-very-satified-with-security-talks-in-washington<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Friday he was pleased with the talks he conducted during his two-day official visit to the United States, which showed US appreciation for "the very good military cooperation" between the two countries.</p>Sat, 28 Apr 2018 14:02:00 +0200FMs of V4 countries discuss global security with British counterparthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fms-of-v4-countries-discuss-global-security-with-british-counterpart<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, along with the foreign ministers of the other Visegrad Group countries, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, met on Friday at NATO headquarters with their British counterpart, Boris Johnson.</p>Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:55:00 +0200World Bank upgrades Poland's GDP growth to 4.2 pct in 2018https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-bank-upgrades-polands-gdp-growth-to-42-pct-in-2018<p>Poland's GDP growth is expected to reach 4.2 percent in 2018, 3.7 percent in 2019 and 3.5 percent in 2020, the World Bank said on Friday, raising its January's respective estimates of 4.0, 3.5 and 3.1 percent.</p>Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:52:00 +0200Polish MoD talks to US national security advisor during US visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-talks-to-us-national-security-advisor-during-us-visit<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak met US National Security Advisor John Bolton during his official visit to the United States on Thursday. The two officials discussed security issues, including a stronger presence of US troops in Poland.</p>Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:49:00 +0200Economic cooperation is key to Poland-US strategic alliance - Presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-cooperation-is-key-to-poland-us-strategic-alliance---president<p>Alongside security, economic cooperation is a pillar of the strategic alliance between Poland and the United States, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the inauguration of a US-Poland Business Summit in Warsaw on Thursday.</p>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:31:00 +0200Poland needs constitution for 21st century - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-needs-constitution-for-21st-century---president<p>Poland needs a constitution that would be suitable for 21st century realities, President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday in an inaugural speech at a Warsaw congress that sums up the regional constitutional debates held so far under the president's auspices.</p>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:16:00 +0200Koreans to receive record-high grant from Polish statehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/koreans-to-receive-record-high-grant-from-polish-state<p>Korean chemical group LG Chem will soon get a PLN 242.6 million (EUR 58 mln) grant from a Polish state programme which supports investments key for the economy, Puls Biznesu daily writes, citing the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology.</p>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:43:00 +0200US destroyer to visit port of Gdyniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-destroyer-to-visit-port-of-gdynia<p>US Navy destroyer USS Farragut will moor at the northern Polish port of Gdynia's French Quay on Friday afternoon for a three-day working visit. She will sail on Sunday.</p>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:01:00 +0200Łódź of Four Cultures Festival takes off in Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-of-four-cultures-festival-off-in-september<p>Concerts, spectacles, installations, displays, meetings and educational workshops are on the programme of the September-launching of Łódź of Four Cultures Festival.</p>Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:20:00 +0200Poland ready to host more US soldiers - Minister of Defencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ready-to-host-more-us-soldiers---mod<p>Poland is ready to host additional US troops on top of the units that are currently stationed in the country under NATO's strengthening of its eastern flank, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said before his official visit to the United States on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:52:00 +0200Poland's unemployment drops to 6.6 pct in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-drops-to-66-pct-in-march---stats-office<p>Poland's unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in March 2018 from 6.8 percent in February, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:48:00 +0200Lower house speaker's visit to Georgia cancelledhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-speakers-visit-to-georgia-cancelled<p>Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Marek Kuchcinski's two-day visit to Georgia has been cancelled, PAP was told on Wednesday by the director of the Sejm (lower house) Information Centre, Andrzej Grzegrzolka.</p>Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:42:00 +0200Poland a leader in digital banking - Deloittehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-leader-in-digital-banking---deloitte<p>Poland is among the countries that can be called leaders in digital banking, according to research conducted by consulting firm Deloitte and presented at a Tuesday press conference.</p>Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:47:00 +0200Polish Foreign Minister in New York discusses Poland's UNSC presidencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-in-new-york-discusses-polands-unsc-presidency<p>The programme for the Polish Presidency of the UN Security Council starting in May, a planned meeting with the head of Iran's diplomacy, North Korea and youth issues were among topics raised at a press briefing of Polish Foreign Minister in New York.</p>Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:42:00 +0200Investment shows sharp rise in first quarterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/investment-shows-sharp-rise-in-1st-quarter<p>Investment in the first quarter of 2018 rose at a much higher pace than in the 4th quarter of last year, Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwiecinski told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:37:00 +0200I recommend the Ethiopian market - Presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-recommend-ethiopian-market---president<p>The Ethiopian market is promising and worth a closer look. I recommend considering it as an investment site, President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday in Warsaw after talks with visiting Ethiopian state head Mulatu Teshome Wirtu.</p>Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:31:00 +0200I was not responsible for president's Katyn trip - Tusk at Smolensk disaster hearinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-was-not-responsible-for-presidents-katyn-trip---tusk-at-smolensk-disaster-hearing<p>I was not politically responsible for President Lech Kaczynski's April 10, 2010, trip to Katyn, European Council head and former Polish PM Donald Tusk said on Monday in Warsaw testifying as a witness at the trial of his former office head, Tomasz Arabski.</p>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:13:00 +0200Trade turnover with USA reaches record high in 2017https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trade-turnover-with-usa-reaches-record-high-in-2017<p>Poland's trade turnover with the USA reached a record USD 12.7 billion in 2017. This is a good time to strengthen relations and show how much we have to offer, Entrepreneurship Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told PAP in an interview.</p>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:08:00 +0200Poland earmarks EUR 5.5 bln to help disabled "break down barriers"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-earmarks-eur-55-bln-to-help-disabled-break-down-barriers<p>Disabled people must have help in breaking down barriers, we have set aside PLN 23 billion (EUR 5.53 billion), Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stressed on Monday while inaugurating the government's Accessibility Plus programme.</p>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0200Ravensbruck testimonies are a priceless gift for future generationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ravensbruck-testimonies-a-priceless-gift-for-future-generations<p>Testimonies by former inmates of the Ravensbruck Nazi-German concentration camp for women are a priceless gift for future generations, First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda said on Sunday at the camp's memorial site in Brandenburg, eastern Germany.</p>Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:22:00 +0200Territorial defence troops a perfect support for operational forces - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/territorial-defence-troops-perfect-support-to-operational-forces---mod<p>Poland's new Territorial Defence Forces are an excellent support for the operational forces, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Sunday at an oath ceremony for territorial troops in Morag in the north-Polish Warminsko-Mazurskie province.</p>Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:18:00 +0200Poland reopens its embassy in Panamahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reopens-embassy-in-panama<p>After ten years of absence, Poland returns to Panama, Deputy Foreign Minister Marek Magierowski said during the official reopening of the Polish Embassy in Panama, the Foreign Ministry reported in a press release.</p>Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:09:00 +0200EU Council's President Tusk to testify in Smolensk hearinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-councils-tusk-to-testify-in-smolensk-hearing-on-monday<p>Former Polish PM and current European Council head Donald Tusk will testify at a Warsaw district court on Monday in a hearing on the 2010 Smolensk air disaster, in which the accused is his former chancellery head, Tomasz Arabski.</p>Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:46:00 +0200President announces ten new Monuments of Historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-nominates-ten-new-monuments-of-history<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Friday nominated ten heritage sites as Monuments of History.</p>Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:31:00 +0200New rotation of NATO troops start their tour of duty in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-rotation-of-nato-troops-starts-tour-of-duty-in-poland<p>The third rotation of soldiers from NATO's Multinational Battalion Combat Group started their tours of duty on Friday in Bemowo Piskie (northeastern Poland). Like their predecessors, the new units from the USA, UK, Romania and Croatia will spend six months in Poland.</p>Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:27:00 +0200President Duda meets parents protesting over disability policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-meets-parents-protesting-over-disability-policy<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday met the parents of children with disabilities, who protested in parliament demanding bigger allowances for disabled children.</p>Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:22:00 +0200Polish Minister of Defence to discuss vetoed demotion law with the presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-to-discuss-vetoed-demotion-law-with-president<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has said he has been invited by President Andrzej Duda to discuss on Friday the so-called demotion bill that the president vetoed in late March due to the "unjust solutions" it contained, despite supporting the demotions.</p>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:11:00 +020075th anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising outbreak commemoratedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/75th-anniversary-of-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-outbreak-commemorated<p>It was the Germans' intention and plan to destroy the Jewish nation, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Warsaw on Thursday during state observances marking the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.</p>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:07:00 +0200More Poles are optimistic about future - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-poles-optimistic-about-future---survey<p>Forty-six percent of Poles believe that the situation in Poland is developing well while 36 percent are pessimistic about the future, claiming the situation is developing in an undesirable direction, a CBOS survey shows.</p>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:04:00 +0200Record orders for Polish defence contractors from Polish army - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-orders-for-polish-defence-contractors-from-polish-army---pm<p>We have a situation that we've waited a long time for, we have a record amount of orders for Polish contractors from the Polish army, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at the Jelcz-Laskowice military-truck factory in south-western Poland on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:59:00 +0200More than six out of ten Poles praise president - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-six-out-of-ten-poles-praise-president---survey<p>Slightly more than six in ten Poles, 63 percent, believe that Andrzej Duda is performing well as the country’s president, according to results of the latest April poll by the Centre for Public Opinion Research (CBOS).</p>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:57:00 +0200Ex-justice minister among four persons detained by anti-corruption agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-justice-minister-among-four-persons-detained-by-anti-corruption-agency<p>Poland's Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) on Wednesday detained four persons, including the former Justice Minister Andrzej K., in connection with an investigation into instances of people impersonating officials of special services.</p>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:51:00 +0200CJEU rules increased Bialowieza logging violates EU lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cjeu-rules-increased-bialowieza-logging-violates-eu-law<p>Decisions of the Polish authorities to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest violate EU law, the EU Court of Justice ruled in Luxembourg on Tuesday, pointing out that they cannot be justified by the unprecedented gradation of the European spruce bark beetle.</p>Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:47:00 +0200President appoints new Digital Affairs Ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appoints-new-digital-affairs-minister<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday appointed Marek Zagorski as the new minister for digital affairs.</p>Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:40:00 +0200A "Happy end" to rule of law clash depends on Poland - Timmermanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-end-in-rule-of-law-clash-up-to-poland---timmermans<p>EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans cannot guarantee a "happy end" to the current rule of law conflict between the Commission and Poland, as this lay with the Polish parliament and government.</p>Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:29:00 +0200Poland needs nuclear power before wind farms - Energy Ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-needs-nuclear-power-before-wind-farms---energy-minister<p>Everybody wants to carry out offshore wind farm projects but in the first place Poland needs to start building a nuclear power station, it's a matter of credibility with the European Commission, Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:20:00 +0200Commemorative fountain pens exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-commemorative-fountain-pens-on-show<p>Over 70 fountain pens dedicated to Poland, Poles and Polish events, some made of silver or amber, others engraved or decorated with precious materials, are being exhibited in the Marshal Józef Piłsudski Provincial and Municipal Public Library in Łódz, central Poland.</p>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:14:00 +0200Poland seeks to combine short- and medium-range missile defence - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-to-combine-short--and-medium-range-missile-defence---mod<p>The subject of negotiations related to deliveries of the US Patriot air-defence system includes connecting the Wisla medium-range air defence system with the short-range Narew system, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday.<br><br></p>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:07:00 +0200UK Foreign Secretary thanks Poland for political support over Syriahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-foreign-secretary-thanks-poland-for-political-support-over-syria<p>UK Secretary of State for Foreign &amp; Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson has thanked Poland for political support given to Great Britain for Syria military strikes, Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:01:00 +0200S&P upgrades Poland's outlook to positivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-upgrades-polands-outlook-to-positive<p>Ratings agency S&amp;P Global Ratings has revised Poland's rating outlook to positive from stable and affirmed the country's long-term "BBB+/A-2" long- and short-term credit ratings in foreign currency, the agency said in a Friday report.</p>Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:54:00 +0200Polish PM announces business, social reforms at political conventionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-announces-business-social-reforms-at-political-convention<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, speaking at a political convention of the ruling Law and Justice party and the United Right camp in Warsaw on Saturday, announced a range of pro-business and pro-social reforms.</p>Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:49:00 +0200Kaczynski announces party's road trip, urges high standardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kaczynski-announces-partys-road-trip-urges-high-standards<p>"Today we are starting a great journey across Poland and a great debate with Poles, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said at a major political convention in Warsaw on Saturday.</p>Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:44:00 +0200Daffodils project, a remembrance concert mark Warsaw Ghetto Uprising anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/daffodils-project-remembrance-concert-mark-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-anniversary<p>The 6th edition of the "Daffodils" educational campaign devoted to the World War Two Warsaw Ghetto Uprising as well as a commemorative concert will mark the approaching 74th anniversary of the 1943 revolt (April 19).</p>Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:29:00 +0200Opposition MP detained over corruption allegationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-mp-detained-over-corruption-allegations<p>Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) agents officially detained opposition party Civic Platform (PO) secretary general and MP, Stanislaw Gawlowski, his attorney Roman Giertych wrote on Twitter on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:15:00 +0200Polish leaders pay tribute to Katyn Forest Massacre victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-leaders-pay-tribute-to-katyn-forest-massacre-victims<p>Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and President Andrzej Duda on Friday remembered the victims of the World War II Katyn Forest Massacre.</p>Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:10:00 +0200US Air Force jazz band to tour Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-air-force-jazz-band-to-tour-poland<p>A jazz ensemble from the United States Air Forces in Europe Band will tour Poland, the US Embassy in Warsaw wrote on its Internet page.</p>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:21:00 +0200Polish Embassy opens in Tanzaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-opens-in-tanzania<p>"I hope that the opening of a new Polish Embassy in Tanzania will add new dynamics to Polish-Tanzanian relations," Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said during the inauguration of a Polish diplomatic mission in Dar es Salaam.</p>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:53:00 +0200Polish and Israeli presidents take part in March of the Livinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-presidents-take-part-in-march-of-the-living<p>Some 12,000 Jewish and Polish youth took part in this year's March of the Living on the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp to honour Holocaust victims. The march ended with a ceremony in the Auschwitz camp's Birkenau section.</p>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:48:00 +0200A exhibition in the Sejm pays tribute to WWII rescuer of Jewshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-exhibition-pays-tribute-to-wwii-rescuer-of-jews<p><strong>An exhibition devoted to Henryk Slawik, a Polish social activist who together with a Hungarian official helped Jews and POWs in Budapest, opened Wednesday in the Polish Sejm (lower house of parliament).</strong></p>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:01:00 +0200Macierewicz's commission annuls gov't report on Smolensk Crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/macierewicz-commission-annuls-govt-report-on-smolensk-crash<p>A special commission under former Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz has refuted the 2011 findings of a government commission investigating the 2010 Smolensk air disaster, which stated pilot error as the disaster cause.</p>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:57:00 +0200S&P upgrades Poland's economic growth forecasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-upgrades-polands-economic-growth-forecast<p>S&amp;P increased its GDP growth forecast for Poland in 2018 to 4.5 percent from 3.8 percent, and cut its 2018 debt forecast to 49.5 percent, reads a report by S&amp;P on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:54:00 +0200Poland's biggest distribution centre to be ready next yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-biggest-distribution-centre-to-be-ready-next-year<p>Poland's biggest distribution centre will open in the locality of Piatek (central Poland) in 2019, Panattoni Europe, an industrial developer, has announced. Its floorage area will exceed 123,000 square metres.</p>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:51:00 +0200Katyn Forest Massacre anniversary markedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katyn-forest-massacre-anniversary-marked<p>Tuesday marked the 78th anniversary of the 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre of around 22,000 Polish army officers, policemen and members of the intelligentsia by the Soviet security agency NKVD. Most of the executions took place in the Katyn Forest in west Russia.<br><br></p>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:47:00 +0200Memorial to Smolensk air crash victims unveiled in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/memorial-to-smolensk-air-crash-victims-unveiled-in-warsaw<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and ruling Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski attended a ceremony on Tuesday, during which a monument to the victims of the Polish presidential plane disaster of 2010 was unveiled.</p>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:43:00 +0200Plaque to commemorat the late President Kaczynski unveiled in parliamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plaque-to-late-president-kaczynski-unveiled-in-parliament<p>A plaque commemorating the late President Lech Kaczynski was unveiled in the Polish Sejm (lower house of parliament) on Monday, and the current head of state Andrzej Duda said President Kaczynski sought a sovereign and solidary Poland until the end.</p>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:39:00 +0200Orban's victory shows it is worth undertaking reforms - Polish Prime Ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orbans-victory-shows-it-is-worth-undertaking-reforms---polish-pm<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday congratulated his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, on his third consecutive victory in parliamentary elections and stressed that Orban's reforms were an important contribution to the electoral success.</p>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:36:00 +0200Poland and European Commission strive to reach compromise on rule of lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-ec-strive-to-reach-compromise-on-rule-of-law<p>Poland and the EC strive to find a compromise that would enable to close the Art. 7 case and move on to the implementation of important challenges facing the EU, Poland's FM Jacek Czaputowicz and EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans said in Warsaw on Monday.</p>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:31:00 +0200Poland among UN Security Council members calling for meeting on Syriahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-un-security-council-members-calling-for-meeting-on-syria<p>The British mission to the UN announced on Sunday that the UK, France, the US, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Peru and Cote d'Ivoire had called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria.</p>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 14:27:00 +0200International Roma Day marked in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-roma-day-marked-in-poland<p>Opening an exhibition on the Roma people in Lodz (central Poland) on International Roma Day on Sunday, Polish Prime Ministerial aide Marek Suski read out a letter from PM Mateusz Morawiecki.</p>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 14:21:00 +0200International Classical Music Awards ceremony in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-classical-music-awards-handed-out-in-katowice<p>The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) ceremony &nbsp;took place on Friday at the seat of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, southern Poland. The awards were established in 2010 in place of the earlier MIDEM Classical Awards.</p>Sat, 07 Apr 2018 14:16:00 +0200Prosecutors seize over EUR 300 mln in criminal moneyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prosecutors-seize-over-eur-300-mln-in-criminal-money<p>Poland's Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro and the Chief of Police Jaroslaw Szymczyk on Friday announced that their agencies have obtained the equivalent of PLN 1.27 billion (EUR 300 million) in criminally-laundered money.</p>Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:09:00 +0200Twenty Polish firms