Obama Congratulates Tusk

September 2, 2014
EU President Donald Tusk

EU President Donald Tusk

On 30 August Herman Van Rompuy informed the public that Donald Tusk had been elected to the post of President of the European Council and Federica Mogherini the new High Representative for Foreign Affairs for the EU. The President of the United States Barack Obama was one of the first to congratulate Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. As we can read in the statement published by the Press Secretary of the White House: “the United States has no more important partner than Europe. We look forward to working closely with President Tusk and High Representative Mogherini, as well as Commission President Juncker and all of the new Commissioners.” Newly elected President Tusk said, “I come from a country that is deeply convinced about the sense of the European Union and a united Europe. There is no other clever alternative for the EU.” PM Tusk added: “I realise that the function of the head of the European Council is to continually build compromise.” Tusk also stressed that “this is an important moment”. Herman Van Rompuy said about his successor that “he is a real statesman for Europe”. The dominant tone of opinion after the European Union summit during which the most important officials of the EU were chosen was that Donald Tusk as the head of the European Council and Italian Federica Mogherini of the EU diplomacy will now have to work closely together.
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Poland Ready for Ukrainian Refugees

September 1, 2014
Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

“Poland is ready to accept Ukrainian refugees,” assured Ewa Piechota, spokesperson for the Office for Foreigners in Poland, on radio RDC. The Office has been monitoring the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine very carefully. Ewa Piechota confirmed that the Office is ready for a sudden influx of Ukrainian refugees. There are 13 refugee camps prepared to accept them. The Office for Foreigners has been contacting local authorities in various parts of Poland to secure possible additional venues that could house refugees, if there is a need to increase the number of currently designated places. The plan also includes potential camps situated at military training bases, if the situation calls for it. This year, 1,300 Ukrainians applied for refugee status in Poland as compared to merely 46 in 2013.
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More U.S. Forces in Poland

September 1, 2014
Defending Europe

Defending Europe

According to tokfm.pl, the United States Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull posted a comment on his Twitter account to the effect that the deployment of U.S. air force missions in Poland will continue. What is more, according to Stars and Stripes, which is associated with the American military, two groups of fighters with Americans on board will be headed to Poland this year. America is sending its troops to missions in Europe to highlight the fact that they honour their obligations to their European allies. According to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa, the next mission will depend on the level of funding foreseen for 2015.
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Rare Seal on Polish Beach

September 1, 2014
Likes It Cold

Likes It Cold

Several days ago, a Ringed Seal, also known as a Nerpa, was seen on a beach near Świnoujście. This animal is rarely seen on the Polish coast. The Nerpa is one of three species of seals living in  the Baltic Sea. Its distinctive patterning of dark spots surrounded by grey rings give it its common name of the Ringed Seal. Unlike the Grey or Harbour Seal, Nerpas need cold and snowy winters for breeding, which is rare on the Polish coast. However, climate change and hunting have meant the population of the Baltic Ringed Seal now stands at an estimated 6,000 to 8,000. “Ringed Seals rarely appear on the Polish coast because they mainly inhabit the northern waters of the Baltic,” says Katarzyna Pietrasik of WWF Poland.
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Polish Wedding of Gay Couple

August 31, 2014
Changes Afoot?

Changes Afoot?

Jędrzej and Marek have been together for over seven years and thinking about getting married for the past two. At first, they were going to wait for parliament to pass a bill on civil unions. However, as time went on, they realised that the law might not change in their lifetime, so they took matters in their own hands and managed to get as close to getting married as a homosexual couple possibly can get in Poland. It took them a year and a half to come up with a way to circumvent the law. They started by changing their surnames: both men added the name of their partner to their own. Then, they set out to find a lawyer; one that not only would prepare the appropriate documents but also would be willing to officiate the wedding ceremony. Finally, the men signed a civil law agreement. “The law states that the parties of such an agreement can add statements of any kind, including professing their love,” the couple says. Marek and Jędrzej read their vows in the presence of sixty guests, with classical music playing in the background. The couple insisted on a traditional Polish wedding, complete with their parents’ blessing, horse-drawn carriages, and a wedding reception that continued until the small hours.
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Woman Hides Dead Baby in Closet

August 31, 2014
Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams

Police in Kraków have arrested a woman who hid the remains of her newborn in a closet. She gave birth at home; it is as of yet unknown whether or not the baby was born alive. The police were first notified by one of her neighbours who noticed a bloodied shopping bag in the trash container around the block. When police officers began to investigate, they heard from various sources that one of the residents of the building had been pregnant and, presumably, had given birth, but the baby was nowhere to be seen. The police then interviewed the woman. At first, she denied having had been pregnant altogether; however, as the police continued to question her, she admitted that she had been expecting a child but the baby was stillborn. She claimed to have buried the body by the road near the housing estate. The police searched the place but could not find the remains. Only then did the woman reveal that she kept the dead newborn at home, hidden in a closet. Now, depending on the autopsy results, the woman will face charges of desecrating human remains and possibly murder.
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Rescue Operation in Tatras

August 30, 2014
Beautiful But Dangerous

Beautiful But Dangerous

Another rescue in the Tatras: a tourist fell off a slope around Świnica. She was transported to hospital by police helicopter. Conditions in the Tatra Mountains are very difficult at the moment. At night, snow now appears on the peaks of some mountains. A small amount of white fluff has already covered, among others, the peaks of Świnica and Wołoszczyn which are visible from Zakopane. According to the on-duty meteorologist from the Polish Mountain Meteorological Observatory (Wysokogórskie Obserwatorium Meteorologiczne), Kasprowy Wierch was not covered with a great deal of snow at the beginning of the week and the temperature was only minus 1 degree Celsius. In Zakopane, thermometers indicated 6 degrees above zero. Snow and hoar frost are visible from approximately 1,960 metres above sea level. Unfortunately, tourists ignore this and do not pay attention to warnings. Recently, rescuers from the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue (TOPR) had to bring down three tourists from Świnica in the Tatra Mountains. The tourists were completely unprepared for a mountain expedition, and conditions were too difficult for them. What is more, a drunk tourist was evacuated by helicopter from Zawrat mountain pass, where he was sleeping.
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