Start your day with a roundup of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
Wyborcza.pl – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza examined why in the Czech Republic, a very secular state, having children is valued more than in Poland, even though the Catholic Church has a strong influence on Polish society. According to a survey cited by the newspaper, 48 percent of Czechs believe that having children is a duty to society, while only 22 percent of Poles think so. Czech women seem more willing to leave the labor market to raise young children, with only 20 percent continuing to work compared to 60 percent of Poles. Poland also has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe with 331,000 children being born in 2021, down 24,000 from 2000.
TVPInfo.pl – Public broadcaster TVP reported that agents from Poland’s central anti-corruption bureau arrested a Warsaw notary for allegedly running an “invoice factory” where hundreds of forged documents were given the official seal of approval. The documents, which concern around 150 companies, were allegedly used to defraud the tax authorities. The defendant faces 14 fraud allegations in a case dating back to 2012.
Rp.pl – The Rzeczpospolita newspaper warned of an impending “small business massacre”. The newspaper reported that companies already struggling due to the pandemic will now be hit hard by inflation and soaring energy prices and will therefore struggle to stay afloat. The newspaper quoted a small business representative as saying about 200,000 firms have either closed or gone out of business recently. The ongoing financial pressure, experts warn, could also push more companies into the informal economy.
TVN24.pl – Inflation will top 18 percent in October and surpass 20 percent next year, Pawel Wojciechowski, a former finance minister, told TVN24 in an interview. The ex-minister called inflation “the silent killer in our pockets” and said there were no signs of abating. He also described the government’s and rate-setting Monetary Policy Council’s response to the inflationary crisis as “cautious”.