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“He was a level-headed, calm man. Always. He had never performed any impetuous gestures in his life, so the shock was all the greater. But the phone call from my brother was clear, so I had to reconcile myself to it,” said the brother of Piotr Szczęsny, who immolated himself in front of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw in October. Family and friends recall that he worried about the situation in Poland, but he was never vehement. He had planned his act for a long time.

According to the information gathered by tvn24.pl, the Public Prosecutor's Office has started an investigation into the circumstances attending the conclusion of the contract for Russian gas supply by the coalition government of the Civic Platform and the Polish People's Party (PO-PSL) in 2010. Investigators will check whether the agreement could have been unfavorable for Poland and whether corruption could have been involved.

The “Fair Courts” campaign will be launched abroad. The Polish National Foundation hired a US company to “make its message understandable not only in Poland, but also abroad,” said its vice president. We have obtained documents that show what message the Foundation intends to promote around the world and how much it will cost.

“The amendments introduced by Law and Justice do not alter the essential elements the President was concerned about,” presidential adviser and opposition activist under the Communist regime, Zofia Romaszewska, said on Friday. “Jarek [Kaczyński – ed.] believes one needs to shake it all up, to hold matters firmly in one's hand, and then everything will be great. In my opinion everything would be very bad this way,” she added.

On Thursday, negotiations between resident doctors and the government ended in a fiasco. Representatives of the protesting residents had hoped for a meeting with the Prime Minister, but Beata Szydło did not come. “The hunger strike will be resumed,” they declared during a press conference.

Poland's ruling nationalists have seen their public support rise to an all-time high in October, an opinion poll showed on Friday, benefiting from record-low unemployment and the popularity of their welfare-spending policies.

The EU may only be strong when its member states are strong, Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in ‘Fakty z Zagranicy’ on TVN24 BiS. In his view, EU institutions are applying ‘double standards’ with respect to certain countries, including Poland, and are wrong in their assessment of actions taken by the Budapest government.

The Law and Justice Party (PiS) intend to revise the electoral regulations. They want to do this already in autumn, to hold the next election under the new rules. This has been announced by the Head of the PiS Parliamentary Club and by Ryszard Terlecki, the Deputy Speaker of the Sejm.