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US President will make a two-day trip to Poland to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II (Fot. Pixabay)

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15 lipca 2019

08:48

Radio Gdańsk English Service, Monday, July 15th, 2019: US President will make a two-day trip to Poland to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II

Reports in the Polish media are saying that the dates agreed for the US President to visit Poland are August 31st and September 1st. Poland's Rzeczposopolita reported that Trump’s visit will last a day longer than originally expected - under new arrangements, the American leader will now spend two days in the country.
President Trump previously visited Poland in July 2017 but the visit would mark a fourth meeting between PresidentTrump and Polish President Andrzej Duda. A spokesperson for the Polish president was quoted earlier this year as saying that numerous officials from the EU, NATO and Eastern Partnership countries had been invited to take part in observances of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II on September 1.



Europe's satellite-navigation system, Galileo, has suffered a major outage.

The network has been offline since Friday due to what has been described as a "technical incident related to its ground infrastructure".

The problem means all receivers, such as the latest smart-phone models, will not be picking up any useable timing or positional information.

These devices will be relying instead on the data coming from the American Global Positioning System (GPS).



Poland’s foreign minister held talks with top officials in Moldova, one of six post-Soviet states at the centre of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative.

Poland’s foreign minister held talks with top officials in Moldova, one of six post-Soviet states at the centre of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative. Jacek Czaputowicz met with President Igor Dodon, as well as Moldova's Foreign Minister and parliamentary Speaker as well as meeting with members of the Polish minority living in the capital Chisinau. He also laid a wreath at a plaque in the Moldovan capital commemorating late Polish President Lech Kaczyński.

The trip to Moldova coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, a drive to forge closer political and economic ties between the European Union and six former Soviet republics. Czaputowicz earlier visited a conference in Batumi, Georgia, where he voiced support for EU membership aspirations of the six Eastern Partnership countries and urged efforts to upgrade the initiative. While in Batumi, Czaputowicz also held talks with Georgia's President and Foreign Minister.

The Eastern Partnership, an initiative by Poland and Sweden, was launched in 2009 to bring Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine closer to the EU.



Jan Karski Anniversary. The Special Envoy of the Polish Government-in-exile, who reported about the Holocaust to the Allied powers, died 19 years ago.

Jan Karski, a young Polish diplomat during the early days of WWII, witnessed first-hand the treatment of Jews in ghettos and concentration camps by the German occupying forces in Poland and attempted to alert high-level government officials in Washington and London before it was too late. 

To learn the fate of Polish Jews, Mr Karski was smuggled into the Warsaw ghetto by the Jewish underground, and to the German Belzec death camp. He made the dangerous trip with this information across occupied Europe to the UK, and eventually to the US. 

Mr Karski personally reported to the then Polish PM of the government-in-exile in London General Sikorski, Britain's Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, US President Franklin Roosevelt, and many other prominent figures. His description of the systematic annihilation of European Jews was reportedly met with disbelief. Karski was raised as a Catholic and remained one throughout his life. He grew up in a multicultural neighbourhood with a Jewish majority. 

After the war Jan Karski remained in Washington DC, became a US citizen and teaching at Georgetown University for nearly 40 years. Jan Karski, widely regarded as the “man who tried to stop the Holocaust”, was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former US President, Barack Obama.



By river from Southern Poland to Gdańsk - Two men to kayak a thousand km to help 5-year-old Wiktor

Rafal and Marek are making the trip down the river Vistula as a charity event for five-year-old Wiktor from Chrzanów. The boy has a damaged central nervous system from birth, also suffers from drug-resistant epilepsy. - We will do 100 km a day, getting us to Gdansk in 10 days - says Rafał. - It's a noble goal, by drawing attention to this kayak trip, we want to draw attention to the disease this young chap has - adds Marek.

Wiktor suffers from drug-resistant epilepsy and hydrocephalus from birth requiring highly specialist medical care and rehabilitation four times a week. Wiktor's mum says that the cost of treatment is huge as the treatment is slightly non-standard. We are very grateful to the lads for coming up with this idea.
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