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Iga Świątek cruises into Italian Open semis

Two-time champion Iga Świątek eased into the Italian Open semi-finals with a 6-1 6-3 win over 18th seed Madison Keys on Tuesday (May 14) and will face American third seed Coco Gauff for a spot in the final.

PM Tusk announces names of four new cabinet ministers

Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Friday (May 10) announced changes in his government. Tomasz Siemoniak will take over the interior ministry, Hanna Wróblewska will stand at the helm of the culture ministry, Jakub Jaworowski is to be the new state assets minister, while development and technology ministry is to be run by Krzysztof Paszyk.

Belarusian diplomatic channel, planned trip Belarus via Turkey. New information on former judge Szmydt

It's likely that now former judge Tomasz Szmydt, who has fled to Belarus seeking asylum, was sending documents of various kinds via a Belarusian diplomatic channel. The ABW is looking into this matter - "Superwizjer" TVN reporter Maciej Duda told TVN24 on Thursday (May 9), underscoring that this was unofficial information. "We also know the services have determined that he (Szmidt) undeniably planned his trip to Turkey, from where he got to Belarus. It was planned and prepared beforehand," Duda added.

Dog "illegally" crosses Polish-Belarusian border

Polish Border Guard from Podlasie spotted a dog entering the territory of Poland from Belarus. "He had a collar, a leash, (and) reacted very positively to uniforms," said Michał Bura, a border guard officer. As the Belarusian side said that they weren't missing any dogs, the Polish guards adopted the German Shepherd and even managed to find it a new home.

NBP keeps interest rates unchanged

Poland's central bank has decided to keep interest rates in May at the same level as in the previous month, the NBP said in a statement released on Thursday (May 9). The main reference rate has been kept at 5.75%.

High court lifts Judge Szmydt's immunity and suspends him in duties

The Disciplinary Court of Poland's Supreme Administrative Court (NSA) has lifted the immunity of a judge who has fled to Belarus seeking political asylum, an NSA spokesperson said on Thursday (May 9). The high court has also suspended Judge Tomasz Szmydt in his duties. Justice Minister Adam Bodnar said the waiving of the judge's immunity would serve as a basis for issuing an arrest warrant and an Interpol note after him.

Tusk: Poland is a leader when it comes to Europe's security and future

Today's Poland is a leader in matters related with Europe's future, ranging from security to the attitude towards what the European institutions and procedures are for, the country's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Tuesday (May 7) during the European Economic Congress in Katowice. Tusk also stressed that in order for Europe to avoid conflicts and be safe it must increase its defence capabilities. He also repeated his call for the construction of a common European air defence system.

Potential eavesdropping device found ahead of government meeting

Polish security agents have discovered devices that could be potentially used to record sound and video in a room where ministers were due to meet on Tuesday (May 7). A spokesperson for the Silesian voivode said the found device was most likely an element of an old PA system. The device was removed and the government carried on with the meeting.

Thousands of Jews attended March of the Living in Poland

Several thousand Jews, including Holocaust survivors personally affected by the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, walked through the former Auschwitz Nazi German death camp on Monday (May 6) for the annual March of the Living ceremony in Poland.

Polish judge flees to Belarus to seek asylum from "political persecution"

A Polish judge who fled to Belarus said on Monday (May 6) he sought asylum after being persecuted and threatened for his political views in Poland. The judge - Tomasz Szmydt - had played a major part in the so-called "hate scandal" exposed in 2019. Poland's Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski said he found the news shocking and "hard to comment on".

MOD chief: unused EU recovery funds should be spent on defence

Unused European Union funds meant for helping member states recover from the pandemic should be put towards building the defence industry, Poland's Deputy Prime Minister Władyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz and its Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski said on Monday (May 6). The two politicians, alongside Poland's National Security Bureau Head Jacek Siewiera, took part in Defence24 Days conference in Warsaw.

Prosecutors to investigate Orlen's Swiss unit OTS and its former CEO

Poland has launched an investigation into multi-million-dollar cash losses by Polish refiner Orlen's Swiss unit and allegations that its former CEO had ties to "terrorist organisations", Warsaw chief prosecutor Małgorzata Adamajtys said on Tuesday (April 30). National Public Prosecutor Dariusz Korneluk said that two other issues regarding Orlen would be also looked into.

Finance ministry warns against excessive public debt

Due to the scale of problems in public finances, their repairment requires time and will be carried out gradually - Poland's Finance Minister Andrzej Domański said on Monday (April 29). The ministry has just published a white paper on Polish public finances in 2016-2023, in which it warns that Poland's public debt in 2026 and 2027 is likely to exceed 60% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) The Polish constitution allows a maximum public debt no higher than three-fifths of the GDP.

PM Tusk accuses former Orlen CEO of links with Hezbollah

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Monday (April 29) he had called the country's chief prosecutor and secret services coordinator to discuss potential links between former CEO of oil refiner Orlen Daniel Obajtek and Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Polish farmers suspend blockade of Hrebenne border crossing

Polish farmers called off their protest at the last border crossing with Ukraine on Monday (April 29), lifting a blockade that has dragged on for months, soured bilateral relations and buffeted Ukraine's trade. However, the farmers were continuing talks with the government and still planned a protest in Warsaw on May 10.