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It’s been a year since the Law and Justice government broke off the negotiations on purchasing Caracal helicopters. The first batch could have made it to the army already this year. It was announced that other machines would be purchased quickly but nothing has come out of it. “The realistic timing is the end of 2019 or even the year 2020”– says Michał Likowski, editor-in-chief of the “Raport-WTO” monthly.

“I hope that Jarosław Kaczyński will find the time for me and we will be able to clarify my suspension as member of PiS,” MP Łukasz Rzepecki told journalists gathered in front of the headquarters of the Law and Justice party in Warsaw. Referring to the matter which led to his troubles, he stated that he “would never support cronyism and would never be in favour of MPs being able to hide behind their immunity.”

Poland lowers its retirement age on Sunday, a costly election promise by the ruling conservatives which goes against a European trend of gradually increasing the pension age as people live longer and stay more healthy.

The alliance is committed to the collective security of all its members - reiterated Ben Hodges, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe. - The Russian Federation can see the strength of the alliance, they see the strength of Polish army. We need to demonstrate that we can move faster than them to make sure they don't make the miscalculation of thinking that they could attack - he emphasized.

Poland has every right to enact judicial reform, but reforms should be in line with Poland’s constitution and the highest standards of international law. It should also respect judicial independence and the separation of powers - State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stated in a Sept. 28 press briefing.

“No court should ever be dragged into any political game,” stressed First President of the Supreme Court, Prof. Małgorzata Gersdorf during the 100th anniversary of the Supreme Court celebrations held on Thursday at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. President Duda’s letter was also read out during the ceremony.

The negotiations lasted until the early hours and, as planned, the contract was signed in front of live TV cameras in the presence of Minister Antoni Macierewicz. A great success was announced. Without a doubt, this is a historic moment as, for the very first time, the Polish soldier will be equipped with an all Polish assault rifle that is really good. The problem is that this success is based on trust, as the final tests are still in progress. In addition, the contract bypasses the traditional Army procurement procedures.

The Government has accepted the concept of the Central Communication Port - PM Beata Szydło announced this Tuesday. The Agent for the Central Communication Port, Mr. Mikołaj Wild, said that the new port will be based in Stanisławów located in the municipality of Baranów.

The one who uses a knife when defending themselves against a burglar shall not be punished - the Minister for Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro, has announced. The Government has passed and will soon forward to the Parliament the draft legislation of amendments to the Polish Penal Code. This happened despite the heavy criticism of the Office of the Attorney General that is of the opinion that the Ministry presented no evidence supporting the opinion that current laws are not correctly applied.

“We came here to honour courage – simple, plain, pure courage,” the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Yehiel Hilik Bar said on Monday in Warsaw. During the official ceremony at the Warsaw zoo, Antonina and Jan Żabiński awards were bestowed on Poles who saved Jews during World War II. This time, the recipients were the Franciscan nuns from the Convent of St. Mary, Natalia Jakoniuk with her family and – posthumously – members of the Kawczyński family.