Drowning toll on the rise in Poland: police stats

More than 60 people drowned in June, with the total number of drownings approaching 150, according to police statistics. The police called for caution while spending time by the water. Andrzej Browarek, from the country’s General Police Headquarters said that most of the tragic water-related incidents are linked to alcohol. Often young

Poland shifts into low gear for long weekend

Poland on Thursday shifted into low gear as many people enjoyed an extended break from work amid warm weather. With the Corpus Christi public holiday on Thursday, many workplaces have given their employees time off to enjoy what was another long weekend in the country this spring. Police have appealed to drivers

Polish gov’t backs minimum wage hike

Poland’s government has endorsed a plan to increase the country’s minimum wage to PLN 2,450 (EUR 570, USD 635) a month as of January. Meanwhile, the minimum hourly rate would go up to PLN 16 next year, in line with a proposal at the end of last month by the country’s

Spate of military exercises in Poland

A spate of military exercises are due to take place this month in Poland or close to its borders, with NATO, American, British and Polish forces being put through their paces, the polityka.pl website has reported. The website said the aim was to demonstrate “the military capability of grouping people and

US president hails Polish-born pope for helping end communism in Europe

US President Donald Trump has hailed the late Pope John Paul II as “a champion for human dignity and religious liberty” and said that the pontiff’s 1979 trip to his native Poland "helped tear down the Iron Curtain of communism in Europe." In a presidential message released on Sunday, Trump said

Yuri Brodsky might be involved in drug running gang busted by SSU

Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) teamed with police and security department of European countries have terminated criminal activity of the illegal drug supply group. Investigators do not exclude that Yuri Brodsky, a son of well-known Ukrainian politician and businessman might be involved in enabling the drug traffic route to Ukraine,

Polish conservatives win EU vote: election authority

Poland's ruling conservatives have won a convincing victory over a coalition of opposition parties in the country's elections to the European Parliament, according to data announced by electoral officials on Monday. With 99.25 percent of the ballots counted, the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party had 45.57 percent of the vote,

Polish PM announces public inquiry into pedophilia

Poland will hold a wide-ranging public inquiry into cases of pedophilia, the country’s prime minister said on Tuesday after a spate of child sex abuse allegations against Catholic priests. Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, Mateusz Morawiecki said the new commission would concern itself with all social groups, including priests, artists and

Poland detains man suspected of preparing terror attack

Polish authorities have detained a man suspected of preparing a terrorist attack in the country, an official said on Friday. The suspect, identified only as Mikołaj B., was detained on May 9 by Poland’s Internal Security Agency (ABW), according to Stanisław Żaryn, spokesman for the country’s security services chief. The detained man

Polish archbishops apologise for child abuse by priests

Senior Polish churchmen have offered apologies after a new film turned the spotlight on cases of paedophilia among priests. Roman Catholic Archbishop Wojciech Polak, the Primate of Poland, said in a statement that he was “deeply disturbed” by what he saw in the documentary film Tylko nie mów nikomu (Just Don’t