Independence Day in Poland

    Poland celebrates one of its most important national holidays today – the anniversary of the country’s regaining independence in 1918, 123 years after the third partition of Poland in 1795. On this 101st anniversary, the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, laid flowers in front of the statues of the so-called fathers of Independence. After that, the Polish head of state and many other government officials attended a solemn Holy Mass offered for the Country.

    Freedom of Speech: publisher Ringer Axel Springer sues Polish Journalist for mentioning Nazi past of the company's founders

    The court case by Ringier Axel Springer against journalist Witold Gadowski has had its third hearing. The German-Swiss group is demanding an apology from Gadowski for statements in which the journalist spoke about the connections between Springer and its founder and Hitler's regime during the Third Reich. According to Gadowski, the whole issue is about limiting freedom of speech in Poland.

    Election in Poland: 56 votes recounts claimed!

    The Polish Supreme Court has received 56 recount requests, the deadline for the lodging of which was midnight Tuesday, October 22. The governing Law and Justice party has demanded a recount in 6 districts, two of which were Senate districts. The largest opposition party, Civic Platform, filed two requests. As a result of the elections, Law and Justice lost its majority in the upper chamber. In one district the opposition candidate won by some 300 votes with thousands of votes having been declared invalid. Opposition leader Grzegorz Schetyna hopes that opposing the recounts will stop the Supreme Court from ordering them and save his job, since following the opposition’s electoral loss, many are calling for his head. From the Sejm, Aleksandra Zarzycka reports.

    Lending criteria tightened by Polish banks

    In the third quarter of 2019, banks have tightened lending criteria for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as regarding consumer and housing loans, the report published on Monday by the National Bank of Poland (NBP) stated. For the framework of the report, the NBP did a survey among 24 banks in Poland, which indicated they would tighten some of the criteria and conditions of lending for SMEs, without any significant changes in the policy regarding big companies or in the demand for credit. Banks have slightly increased the loan margin and the required credit collateral. The banks which tightened their credit policies explained their decision by citing the possibility of a worsening of the current or the expected situation of: the bank, the biggest borrowers and the entire economy. They also indicated such factors as the increase of the risk in the given sector and the increase in the proportion of non-performing loans in their portfolio. For the last quarter of 2019 a further tightening of loan policy for SMEs and no momentous changes in credit demand are expected.

    Seper fidelis prize for preservation of Polish heritage

    The Institute of National Remembrance handed the “Semper Fidelis” awards for the first time to people and institutions, which particularly helped to preserve the Polish heritage in the Borderlands. The Borderlands are eastern parts of Poland which were taken away by the Soviet Union following the Yalta conference in 1945. Among those awarded were priest Roman Dzwonkowski, sociologist and professor of social sciences; the president of the Association of Home Army soldiers in Belarus, Col. Weronika Sebastianowicz; and the Commander of the Polish Scouts in Ukraine and Lithuania, Stefan Adamski.

    Ceasefire in Syria

    After talks with the Turkish President Recep Erdogan, the US Vice President Mike Pence, announced that Ankara has agreed to a ceasefire in Syria and that the US sanctions imposed on the country will be lifted. Pence said that Turkey will suspend all military operations for 120 hours in order to allow the Kurdish militants to leave the border belt in northeastern Syria. Kurdish representatives confirmed that they approve of the ceasefire, but they will defend themselves if they are attacked.

    EU approved brexit terms

    The European Council has approved an agreement for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, which was concluded yesterday by EU and British negotiators. Although, there is no agreement on the draft of the new EU budget presented by Finland. Poland and several other countries are demanding increased funds.

    Newly elected parliament will gather November 12

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    Founders of Amber Gold ponzi scheme got prison term!

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    Main opposition party after election defeat. Is party leader to be replaced?

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    Catalan separatist leaders sentenced!

    Today, Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition, for their role in the region's failed bid for independence in 2017. All of the defendants were acquitted of the most severe charge, rebellion.

    Hungarian municipal election gave Budapest to opposition!

    Fidesz, the party led by the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban won Sunday’s municipal elections. The party, however, lost the battle for the capital, Budapest, to their opposition rivals.

    Is Stefan Michnik – a notorious stalinist judge to be arrested?

    The Warsaw Military Regional Court has accepted the motion of the prosecutor of the Commission Investigating Crimes Against the Polish Nation of the Institute of National Remembrance to issue a European Arrest Warrant for the former judge, Stefan Michnik. Michnik, who was a judge in the Military Court during the Communist era in Poland, is suspected of committing 93 crimes, falling under the category of crimes against humanity. In 1952 and 1953 he, among other things, handed out death sentences and long prison sentences for the anti-Communist activists.

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    Enterpreneur TIme debate on TV Republika!

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    Enterpreneur TIme live on TV Republika!

    On June 13th we invite you to the Telewizja Republika channel for our 'Entrepreneur Time' event, which will air at 12.15pm.n June 13th we invite you to the Telewizja Republika channel for our 'Entrepreneur Time' event, which will air at 12.15pm.

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