Monthly Archives: June 2012
A meeting between a representative of the Palestinian community in Poland and high school students was canceled after a phone call from the Israeli embassy.
In a region where good-neighbourly relations are worth their weight in gold, migrant populations and national minorities are all too often the Achilles heel. Yet the widespreadoutcry in Poland last week over two Polish journalists’ vulgar comments about Ukrainian women working in Poland sends a promising message. Two well-known satirical journalists, Kuba Wojewódzki and Michał Figurski, were discussing the previous night’s Euro 2012 football match in their morning show, hosted by private radio station Eska Rock. Commenting on the Ukrainian team’s loss to England the exchange went as follows: Continue reading
Polish gas monopoly PGNiG , copper miner KGHM and three state-controlled utilities will sign an agreement next week to cooperate on shale gas exploration efforts, Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski said on Thursday.
PGNiG, which holds 15 licences to explore for shale in Poland, is in talks with KGHM and the country’s largest utilities – PGE, Tauron and Enea. Continue reading
Poland’s conservative opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) on Wednesday sought prison terms for physicians who carry out in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
According to the two draft laws tabled by the party in parliament Wednesday, physicians should be sentenced to up to two years in prison for performing IVF, while the patient would not be punished. Continue reading
In the heart of the demolished Warsaw Ghetto, a millennium of Jewish life in Poland is being brought back to life in a new museum, as Poland seeks to turn a page in its own emotion-laden history, and shape a future in the 21st century with a new look at its past.
The state-of-the-art Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is expected to open its doors next year on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, will showcase what was the largest Jewish community in Europe before their decimation in the Holocaust, in an effort to promote dialogue and break stereotypes among Poles as well as among Jews nearly seven decades after the Holocaust. Continue reading
In total, the Euro 2012’s organizing body has fined the Russian Football Federation $235,000 for the behavior of Russian fans in Poland. On June 25, Fursenko resigned as head of the Federation. He apologized to Putin and to fans for…the national team’s poor performance.
Meanwhile, Russian diplomats continue to work overtime on the plight of the seven Russian fans still under arrest. On June 22, a Russian deputy foreign minister met his Polish counterpart in Moscow and demanded “the earliest possible repatriation” from Poland of all jailed Russian fans. Continue reading
Poland moved to shield its banking sector against a possible European liquidity crunch on Monday with a plan to help its lenders keep access to the Swiss francs that back more than half the country’s home loans.
In an echo of deals arranged after the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers all but paralysed interbank markets, Poland’s central bank agreed with its Swiss counterpart to swap zlotys for francs if its lenders were unable to obtain them otherwise. Continue reading
On September 1, 2012, LOT Polish Airlines will move its operations at JFK from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1. LOT will also transfer all its Newark flights to JFK airport beginning Oct. 29, 2012. This move allows LOT to operate a larger number of flights offered from JFK and to provide a more consistent and attractive schedule for its New York passengers, particularly those in the business community. Continue reading
A Polish official says that prosecutors have a construction order that proves the CIA wanted a cage for terror suspects built at a secret ‘black site’ prison inside Poland.
Senator Jozef Pinior claims Krakow prosecutors have a document that shows a local contractor was asked to build a cage at Stare Kiekuty, a Polish army based used as a CIA prison for al Qaeda terror suspects in 2002 and 2003. Continue reading
Russia’s Foreign Ministry urged Poland on Friday to release Russian soccer fans detained 10 days ago after street battles with Poles on the night their teams met in a Euro 2012 match.
However, Poland’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the matter would be dealt with in line with the law. Continue reading