• Pope celebrates Mass at historic Polish shrine

    Pope celebrates Mass at historic Polish shrine

    On the second day of his visit to Poland for the World Youth Day, Pope Francis on Thursday celebrated a Mass in the southern city Czestochowa marking the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. The mass took place at Częstochowa’s Black Madonna shrine, a sanctuary of key historical significance to Poles and a site at which Poland previously hosted the World Youth Day in 1991. The religious rites were attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Beata Szydło, while hundreds of thousands of faithful gathered around the shrine.

  • Polish Army to help with the observation mission in the Middle East

    Polish Army to help with the observation mission in the Middle East

    Four Polish F-16 fighter jets are departing to Kuwait to support the observation mission in the region. The aircrafts are to take off from the military air base in Lask in central Poland. They will fly above Irak to do recognition tasks necessary for fighting against the Daesh.

  • Poland introduces temporary border checks

    Poland introduces temporary border checks

    Poland has reintroduced border checks with EU countries until August 2 as it prepares to host a NATO summit in Warsaw and the World Youth Day. Poland temporarily restored border checks with its EU neighbours – the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, as well as at ports and airports. Checks are being carried out on individuals selected based on risk analysis and information provided by the services of other countries.

  • Poland loses to Portugal on penalties, bows out of Euro 2016

    Poland loses to Portugal on penalties, bows out of Euro 2016

    Poland will head home after losing to Portugal on penalties in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2016 football championships in France. The game was still 1:1 by the end of extra time following a goal by Poland's Robert Lewandowski in the second minute of the game. Still in the first half of the match, Portugal's Renato Sanches scored in the 33rd minute. The match went to penalties. Poland's Jakub Błaszczykowski – the fourth of the team to take a spot kick – aimed to the right of Portuguese goalie Rui Patricio, who leaped for the ball, keeping it out of the net.

  • Court: No explosives involved in Smolensk crash

    Court: No explosives involved in Smolensk crash

    The former deputy head of the Government Protection Bureau (BOR), which is in charge of VIP security, Pawel B. was found guilty of neglecting his duties in relation to the 2010 crash in Smolensk. A judge at a Warsaw court said also that there are no grounds to claim that the plane crash which killed 96 people including the then president Lech Kaczynski, was brought down by an explosive device. The wreckage of the plane has never been handed over by Russia to Polish authorities.

  • Britons have voted to leave the EU

    Britons have voted to leave the EU

    Britons have voted to leave the EU in a historic referendum, a result that has sent tremors across Europe and through financial markets. The decision will have a great impact on whole EU, including Polish citizens who are the second biggest minority in the UK. Poland is also one of the biggest beneficient of the EU structural funds.

  • B. Szydlo: New bill to shore up ship-building industry

    B. Szydlo: New bill to shore up ship-building industry

    Poland's Maritime Economy Ministry has completed a bill on rebuilding the shipping and ship-building industries, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said in the port city of Szczecin. Szydlo added that a blueprint proposed by Minister Marek Grobarczyk will help create thousands of jobs and help Poland's ship-building industry become a major player on the international arena.

  • Poland worried at potential Brexit

    Poland worried at potential Brexit

    Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has warned that if Britain decides to leave the EU in a referendum, Poland could end up sidelined in a bloc dominated by euro zone countries. He added that in such a situation Poland, which has not adopted the single European currency, could find itself on the "margins of Europe”, while a "two-speed Europe" could appear. Waszczykowski claimed that Brexit could lead to other countries trying to leave the EU or renegotiate their position in the bloc.

  • Construction of the NATO missile base begins

    Construction of the NATO missile base begins

    Construction of the US missile shield base at Redzikowo in northern Poland officially started on Friday, in the presence of Polish President Andrzej Duda. Nearly eight years since Poland and America signed a deal on interceptor missiles, the foundation stone is formally being put in place, although builders have already been at the site of the former airstrip for some months. "The construction of the missile defense system strengthens the security of Poland", President Duda said.

  • Battery-powered glasses helps the blind and visually impaired

    Battery-powered glasses helps the blind and visually impaired

    A Polish non-profit organisation Parsee has developed a prototype of the battery-powered glasses which have a 3D printed frame, internet protocol camera and earphone. Pushing a button on the frame, users take pictures of an object in front of them, which the camera sends to a mobile phone app. The app identifies shapes, colours, text as well as faces and sends details about the image via audio to the earphone.
  • PiS will back Donald Tusk

    PiS will back Donald Tusk

    Poland's ruling Law and Justice party will back former centrist prime minister Donald Tusk for a second term as European Council president in a year's time, a senior PiS figure said. The pledge of support, made by Ryszard Czarnecki came despite repeated criticism of Tusk by the PiS and appeared a deliberate move by the party to clear up any ambiguity on the issue.

  • Polish złoty strengthens after Moody's decision

    Polish złoty strengthens after Moody's decision

    The Polish currency has strengthened following a decision by Moody's rating agency to keep Poland's rating unchanged at A2, while deciding to reduce its outlook from stable to negative. Moody's said the key drivers for its decision were fiscal risks "related to a substantial increase in current expenditures", and "impairments to the investment climate from a shift towards more unpredictable policies and legislations".