Thousands of Jewish pilgrims flock to Polish town

Thousands of religious Jews from around the world have been flocking to southeastern Poland this week in an annual pilgrimage. Some 6,000 Orthodox Jews from Europe, the United States, Canada and Israel were expected to arrive in the town of Leżajsk between Wednesday and Friday to pray at the tomb of

Poland effective in cutting poverty: report

Poland is among the three countries which have been most effective in reducing poverty over the last 50 years, according to reports. The website has cited the Luxembourg Income Study as saying that poverty in Poland has fallen by 29 percent since 1995. Meanwhile, public broadcaster TVP Info quoted experts as

US troops arrive in Poland for exercises

Over 1,500 US troops from Fort Bliss, Texas, arrived in north-western Poland on Thursday for several weeks of joint exercises with Polish soldiers. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said the manoeuvres at the Drawsko Pomorskie training ground were “evidence of a very strong engagement by the US military in ensuring security

EU’s Timmermans to visit Poland on campaign trail

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, who is running for the head of the commission, will visit Poland as part of his election campaign. He told a press conference in Berlin that he would address election rallies of the Democratic Left Alliance, and of the newly-formed Spring party of Robert Biedroń,

Clocking cars could mean jail time in Poland

Polish deputies on Friday backed new rules under which anyone turning back the mileage reading on a car would face from three months to five years in jail. Clocking is a big issue in Poland, which imports a large number of used cars from Germany and other Western European countries. A car

Poland’s LOT grounds Boeing 737 Max 8s after Ethiopian Airlines crash

Polish airline LOT said on Tuesday it was temporarily grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in its fleet following a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash. Earlier in the day, around 30 other air carriers—from countries including Ethiopia, China, Australia, Singapore, the United States and Britain—decided to suspend flights using such planes,

Storms wreak havoc across Poland

Firefighters were called out almost 1200 times over the last 24 hours as storms wreaked havoc in southern and central Poland, the IAR news agency has reported. Strong winds damaged the roofs of over 100 buildings, toppled trees and disrupted power supplies leaving some 150,000 customers without electricity as of Sunday

Pope was seen as enemy of Poland’s communist regime: report

Newly unearthed documents show that Pope John Paul II was seen as the main enemy of Poland’s communist-era rulers, according to a report The Polish-born pope was identified as the main enemy of the communist system by the 4th Department of the former Security Service (SB), public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR

Polish traffic police clamp down on polluters

Over 5,000 police officers headed out onto Polish roads on Tuesday hunting for vehicles which cause excessive pollution. Police were checking the roadworthiness of cars as well as emission levels. The police campaign, called operation “Smog,” is the third of its kind in Poland this year. Scientists estimate that between 60 and 80

Early mayor vote held in Poland’s Gdańsk on Sunday

Early elections for the mayor of the northern Polish city of Gdańsk are taking place on Sunday. The ballot is held after former city mayor Paweł Adamowicz died in January from wounds inflicted by a knifeman during a high-profile annual fundraiser called the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. He died in