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Dec 3rd, 2014

Renowned traveller's portal pointed to Gdansk as one of the "lost cities", and "oft-forgotten treasures". "It is perhaps Europe's best-known lost city, famous for a chequered history that saw it run at various times by Germans, Poles and as an...

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Westerplatte: Who Did Poles Fight, Again?

May 17th, 2014

When he was biking with his friends at Westerplatte Peninsula in Gdansk, Przemysław Rudz, acting as the administrator of the "Gdańsk, strefa prestiżu" [Gdansk, The Prestige Zone] FB page, noticed something rather odd. "The information board at a...

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Subjective Gdansk Tour Cancelled

Mar 30th, 2014

The popular tourist attraction of Gdańsk, a tour around Gdańsk's shipyard with an oldschool bus, dubbed "cucumber" due to its cylindrical shape, will not run this year. "I find this decision unfavourable for the city" comments Aneta Szyłak, the...

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Lech Walesa Made Into Mascot

Feb 28th, 2014

Made by a company from a town near Gdansk, the mascot's representation is unmistakable due to characteristic Wałęsa-style drooping moustache. And lest you are mistaken, the 10-centimetre felt creation has a characteristic feature, resembling the...

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No More Gov't Aid For Gdansk Shipyard

Jan 1st, 2014

The state-owned Industrial Development Agency (ARP) has no more ways of aiding troubled shipyard Stocznia Gdańsk, Treasury Minister Włodzimierz Karpiński said. He explained that ARP has fulfilled 100 percent of its obligations, while Ukrainian...

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The Underwater Passage Grows Realistic

Dec 1st, 2013

The first leg of the tunnel under Martwa Wisła is now ready. The last metres proved a nuisance, the constructors admitt. The 1070-metre tunnel is one of the largest investment in the history of Gdansk, including excavation of 250 000 cbm of soil....

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Skyscraper To Replace Cinema

Nov 10th, 2013

In two years Poznan will gain a new office building, with cafes, a restaurant and the uppermost viewing terrace in Poznań. The building, adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel, will be named "Baltic", after a historical cinema, which has been one of Poznan...

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World's Largest Container Ship Visits Gdansk

Aug 22nd, 2013

The largest container ship, Triple-E, entered Gdańsk port. The vessel is 73 m tall (as much as in a 20-storey building) and ca. 400 m long, and can hold as much as 18,000 containers. The arrival of the giant has evoked major interest among the...

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Gdansk A Year After Euro 2012

Jun 12th, 2013

On June 10th, 2012 the first match of the European Football Championships Euro 2012 took place. Where is Gdańsk a year after the event? Though authorities point to great emotions, investments and lots of experience, they also admit the effect could...

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Little Brewery in the Big City

Apr 15th, 2013

Barbados, a pub at Karmelicka St. in the heart of Gdynia, is at the verge of serving its customers fresh, unpasteurized beer from its own brewery. The brewing equipment will stand in the heart of the pub. One container will produce as much as 1000...

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Sopot's Stinker for Renovation

Mar 2nd, 2013

An infamous Sopot's tunnel under the railroad track, connecting Majkowskiego and Obrońców Westerplatte St., has quite aptly been nicknamed "The Stinker", not only due to its looks, but also to its specific scent...

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Gdansk NGO Helps Foreigners Settle In

Feb 7th, 2013

Center for Immigrant Support (CWIiI) started in December 2012 as an informal group of people engaged with foreign integration who wanted to help foreigners coming to Gdansk with their settling in and various everyday issues, including legal. Now...

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Music Club in Former Shipyard

Jan 22nd, 2013

Two stages,1 600 sq m of space and place for 1500 people. This is what B90, a new and biggest club in Gdansk's former shipyard will look like. It is estimated that as much as 150 events will be held here annually. According to Grzegorz Klaman, a...

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Underwater Test Hotel in Gdynia

Dec 19th, 2012

A prototype construction of two disc-like buildings, one of which will be submerged in Baltic sea, will be erected near Gdynia Aquarium. It, however, will not host guests. At least for now. The hotel will be a research center devoted to checking...

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Gdansk Artist Receives Special Mention at Venice Biennale

Aug 30th, 2012

Gdansk artist Katarzyna Krakowiaks contribution to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition Common Ground as part of the Venice Biennale has been awarded a Special Mention by the festivals international jury. Entitled Making the walls...

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Gdynia Seahawks Win Polish Superbowl

Aug 5th, 2012

With American footballs popularity in Poland on the rise, the annual Polish Superbowl final game is becoming one of the years most anticipated sports events. In the 2012 edition, the Warsaw Eagles went head-to-head with the Gdynia Seahawks, who...

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Euro 2012 Closes with Spain Victory

Jul 2nd, 2012

The UEFA Euro 2012 championship, which was hosted across Poland and Ukraine, has wrapped up, with a sweeping display by Spain's national team, thrashing Italy with a 4-0 victory. In Gdansk, the city and its surrounding area hosted the base camps...

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Gdansk Prepares for Euro Kick Off

Jun 4th, 2012

Everythings nearly in place in Gdansk for the UEFA Euro 2012 championship, which will take place across Ukraine and Poland this summer. Gdansks own amber-coloured PGE Arena will host three group stage matches, seeing the national teams of Spain,...

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Opera Star Carreras in Gdansk

May 6th, 2012

One of the world's best known operatic singers Jose Carreras performed in Gdansk recently, wowing audiences with his concert of opera classics as well as musical hits. Also performing was popular Polish songstress Edyta Gorniak, who first took...

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Headliners Announced for Opener Music Festival

Mar 31st, 2012

Poland's largest outdoor music festival, Opener, has announced the headlining acts for its upcoming 2012 edition. Taking place ever year in Gdynia, a sister city of Gdansk, the festival attracts tens of thousands of music fans from across Poland...

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Historic Gdansk Carillon Returns

Mar 12th, 2012

After six years of repairs, the famous carillon in Gdansks St. Catherines church, have been returned to their former glory. The inaugural concert took place in February, and concerts will continue weekly on Fridays at 2:45PM. St. Catherines is...

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Elton John to Play Gdansk

Jan 30th, 2012

British pop star Elton John is set to perform a concert in the TriCity, at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk neighbouring town Sopot. The singer-songwriter will also perform at Lodz one day earlier. The concerts will be promoting a forthcoming album,...

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Gdansk Names Street After Vaclav Havel

Jan 8th, 2012

Gdansk has named the world's first street after Vaclav Havel, in honour of the Czech dissident, playwright, and former president, who died in December 2011 aged 75. The city council members voted unanimously to rename a street 2 kilometres south...

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Shooting for Walesa Film Begins

Dec 5th, 2011

Acclaimed Polish film director Andrzej Wajda is currently working on his forthcoming flick, a biopic of the legendary Solidarity leader and one of Poland's most famous modern figures, Lech Walesa. The script has been written by Janusz Glowacki...

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Historical clock will tick again

Nov 13th, 2011

Destroyed in a fire in 1945, old tower clock came back to its former place, the tower of St. John's church in Gdansk Old Town. Four 4-meter in diameter faces covered with 24 carat gold were installed during tower's renovation. Its mechanism is...

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Tricity Elects First Openly Gay MP

Nov 5th, 2011

Gdynia, a Tri-City neighbor of Gdansk, has voted in Poland's first openly gay MP as part of the latest parliamentary elections which took place in October of this year. This landmark move will see Robert Biedron, Polish LGBT activist and...

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'The Mole' to drill first underwater tunnel in Poland

Oct 19th, 2011

Don't let the innocent name 'Mole' mislead you! The Mole is nickname of TBM - a 2,500 tone, 90 m long and 12.5 m wide tunnel boring machine, which is to drill the first underwater tunnel in Poland at Martwa Wisla river in Gdansk. TBM has been...

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Fourteenth Century Skulls Found

Oct 2nd, 2011

As many as fifty human skulls have been discovered in Gdansk by a church employee of the Repentant Sinners Chapel, has reported. The chapel is the oldest part of St. Brigid's Church from the 14th century, a church which saw one part of...

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Celebrating Solidarity

Sep 3rd, 2011

Gdansk hosted the 31st anniversary of the landmark August Agreement, which marked the first steps towards the creation of the Solidarity Movement and the downfall of communism in Poland. The August Agreement was a momentous achievement by the...

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Gdynia to Build Solar Boat

Jul 31st, 2011

The city of Gdynia has designed a tourist solar boat - the first of its kind in Poland and one of the few of its kind the world. The Korab scientific organization first got the citys attention, when its Solar boat recently won a race in Berlin. The...

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Poland takes Bronze in Volleyball League Finals

Jul 11th, 2011

Gdansk hosted the World Volleyball League finals recently, where 16 hard fought matches in the Ergo Arena saw Poland walk away with a Bronze medal. The first two places went to Russia (its second Gold) and Brazil (Silver), who finished the final...

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Coldplay to play new songs at Heineken Opener Festival

Jun 24th, 2011

With Coldplay's summer tour well underway, the news is that their new single Every Teardrop is a Waterfall is being included in their set. German audiences were also treated to 4 other new songs - Hurts Like Heaven, Us Against The World, Major Minus...

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Eurolot Opens Domestic Connections

Jun 5th, 2011

Up until now, travelling between two of Poland's major cities such as Wroclaw and Gdansk was a grueling affair. Travelling direct by car or train is incredibly time consuming (7-8 hours), and the only option by air was to transfer in Warsaw, which...

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John Paul II Beatified

May 2nd, 2011

Residents of cities across Poland, the native country of John Paul II, celebrated the beatification of the former pope. A huge ceremony led by current Pope Benedict XVI took place in the Vatican with over 1.5 million Catholics attending along with...

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Tri-City Cheerleaders Best in Europe

Apr 1st, 2011

Cheerleaders from the Tri-City town of Gdynia have won an online competition in search of the best cheerleading group in Europe. The Asseco Prokom Gdynia team beat out ten other competitors with 50 000 votes to top the online poll for the Efes...

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Chopin Photo Controversy

Mar 14th, 2011

Head of Gdansks Cyklop gallery Wladyslaw Zuchowski has announced an astonishing new acquisition - a 19th century photograph believed to depict Polish romantic composer Frederic Chopin on his deathbed. Experts remain puzzled over the photos...

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Shakespeare Theatre to Open in Gdansk

Feb 6th, 2011

The city of Gdansk will be home to a reconstructed Shakespearean Theatre, a project set to be completed in 2013. Heading the project is Jerzy Limon who in the 1990s discovered traces of a 17th century Shakespearean playhouse in Gdansk and has since...

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Year of Jan Heweliusz Kicks Off

Jan 9th, 2011

Astronomer and one-time mayor of Gdansk, Jan Heweliusz (also known as Johannes Hevelius) was born exactly 400 years ago, and to celebrate, the year of 2011 has been named the year of Heweliusz in Gdansk. While Heweliusz came from an originally...

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Biker Santas Cross Gdansk

Dec 6th, 2010

One of Gdansk's most unusual Christmas traditions is the annual Santa Claus motorcycle parade, which took place on 5 December this year. Despite bitter cold and snowy conditions, nearly 700 bike enthusiasts (last year over 2000 Santas participated)...

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Gdansk Honorary Doctorate for Peter Greenaway

Nov 7th, 2010

British filmmaker and artist Peter Greenaway has received an honorary doctorate from the Gdansk Fine Arts Academy of Gdansk. Greenaway attended a ceremony in his honour, where he spoke of his love of Polish cinema from the 1950s and 1960s in...

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Poles Ponder Satellite Patron

Oct 2nd, 2010

The results of an internet poll on the Education Ministry's website to choose a patron for Poland's first satellite are expected this month, with 17th century Gdansk astronomer Jan Hevelius in third place earlier last month. More than 45 000 votes...

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Solidarity Priest Laid To Rest In Gdansk

Jul 20th, 2010

Father Henryk Jankowski, one of the famed "Solidarity Chaplains", has been laid to rest in Gdansk. He was 74. The funeral ceremony was held in St. Bridget's Church, an erstwhile meeting place of Solidarity activists. Father Jankowski was a...

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Couple Reunited After 60 Years

Jun 22nd, 2010

An 84-year-old lady from Gdansk has married her childhood sweetheart after over half a century apart, divided by the Atlantic Ocean. Last November, Danuta Lazorko received an unexpected phone call. It was from a gentleman she had not heard from...

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Polish Airlines Prepares Cheap Domestic Flights

Jun 16th, 2010

LOT Polish Airlines is hoping to undercut rail and bus operators this summer by introducing significantly reduced fairs. This could mean that holiday-makers could fly between cities such as Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Poznan for as little as 70 zloty....

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Presidential Couple Laid to Rest

Apr 20th, 2010

Poland bid farewell to the presidential couple on Sunday after one of the blackest weeks since the communist era. 96 people perished on the flight to Smolensk on 10th April, amongst them 88 leaders of key state and national institutions. ...

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Poland in mourning

Apr 12th, 2010

Poland is in mourning after the tragic deaths of President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 other people when their government plane crashed near Smolensk, Russia, on their way to commemorations of a World War II massacre of Polish prisoners of war. ...

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Gdansk Launches European Shakespearean Association

Mar 15th, 2010

Gdansk is spearheading a network that will promote the work of legendary English scribe, William Shakespeare. The Baltic city is already a beacon of Shakespearean culture. Since 1997, it has hosted the international Shakespeare Festival. And last...

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Miraculous Mutt Wins Round of Apaws

Feb 23rd, 2010

Poland has a new celebrity - a four-legged fellow called Baltic. Indeed, so incredible is the furry chap's story that he has melted hearts around the world. The canine first caught the public's attention on January 23rd, when he was spotted...

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Euro 2012 Draw Gets Bookies On The Ball

Feb 12th, 2010

The qualifying groups have been announced for the Euro 2012 soccer showdown. Poland and Ukraine are the luckiest of the lot as they are already through as host nations. In the meantime, 51 teams have been divided into 9 groups for the preliminary...

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Heineken Open'er Voted Best European Festival

Jan 18th, 2010

Gdynia's epic summer music fest, Heineken Open'er, has scooped the top prize at the inaugural European Music Awards. The Polish event, the biggest annual party on the Baltic, beat off competition from such stalwarts as Glastonbury. The Open'er...

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Gdynia Is Happiest City In Poland

Jan 18th, 2010

A far-reaching poll that surveyed some 16,000 people across 32 large towns and cities suggests that Gdynia is the happiest place in Poland. The poll, which was conducted by PBS DGA, reveals that over ninety percent of the inhabitants of Gdynia...

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President-in-Exile Slighted By Communist Vetting Process

Nov 19th, 2009

Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last president of the Polish government-in-exile and an honorary citizen of Gdansk, has refused to sign a document to the effect that he did not collaborate with the communist era security services. According to a new law,...

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New Ryanair Link to Bristol

Nov 19th, 2009

Ryanair is opening a new link between Bristol and Gdansk, with tickets going on sale as of 20th November. The decision marks yet another notch in the growth of Bristol's services. Easyjet already operates in the south western city, with flights to...

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Gdansk Hopes For EU Office

Oct 27th, 2009

Gdansk is in the running for a regional office of the European parliament. "[It} would be a great symbol of the Solidarity Movement and the position of our city," said Pawel Abramowicz, the city major said. 50 Polish MEPs will vote on which...

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Is Polanski's Victim His Best Ally?

Oct 27th, 2009

The lady who, as a teenager, was sexually assaulted by film director Roman Polanski, may yet prove his greatest ally. Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time of the crime, has urged a dismissal of the case through her lawyers in a motion that was...

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First Step For Shakespearean Theatre

Sep 25th, 2009

The cornerstone of a Shakespearean theatre has been laid in Gdansk on the site of its historic predecessor. The project, which will provide an echo of the city's golden era, has been many years in the making, and patrons include British Royal Prince...

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WWII Remembered In Gdansk

Sep 3rd, 2009

The eyes of the world turned to Gdansk on September 1st when leaders gathered to commemorate the outbreak of the Second World War. The first shots of WWII were fired at the Polish military outpost of Westerplatte, which then bordered what was the...

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Cornerstone Laid of Euro 2012 Stadium

Jul 24th, 2009

Gdansk hero and former president Lech Walesa attended a ceremony to mark the first step in the raising of a state of the art football stadium in the city. The so-called 'Baltic Arena' will have a distinctive amber-like appearance, echoing the...

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Shipyard Saved From Sinking

Jul 22nd, 2009

Gdansk's historic shipyard - which seized the world's imagination during the Solidarity struggle - has been granted a 251m aid package, with the aim of saving the site from financial ruin. The fate of the shipyards has been a divisive theme in...

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Cement In The Mix For Polish Viagra

Jun 18th, 2009

An inhabitant of the northern Polish town of Elk is due to face trial after it emerged that he had been selling fake Viagra over the internet. Ninety charges have been stacked against Mr. Jan N., who packed his pills full of cement. The...

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Stars Due For Open' er 2009

Jun 18th, 2009

The Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Placebo,The Prodigy and the Kings of Leon are just a few of the ice-hot acts expected in theTri-City for this year's Heineken Open'er festival. The Baltic's biggest rock and pop fest of the year is due to get...

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Bitter Twist To Freedom Celebrations

May 21st, 2009

June 4th should be a glorious day in Gdansk. It was twenty years ago that the Communist regime fell, with the Solidarity Party triumphing in Eastern Europe's first free elections since the war. However, the Gdansk shipyard where it all began is...

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Kylie Comes To Gdansk

May 21st, 2009

The freedom summit celebrating the fall of communism may have been soured by the sorry plight of Poland's shipyards, but one event is still billed to go ahead in Gdansk. A major concert, headed by Kylie and Scorpions, is set to take place on 4th...

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Gdansk picked for Euro 2012

May 13th, 2009

UEFA has picked Gdansk and three other cities in Poland as primary sites for the Euro 2012 football tournament.Poznan, Wroclaw also received the good news. Cracow and Chorzow will remain reserve cities, but are unlikely to host matches.UEFA...

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Walesa on Film

Feb 12th, 2009

If anyone were to film a biopic on Solidarity hero Lech Walesa, it would have to be famed Polish cinema master Andzej Wajda. The directed was in part motivated to focus on Walesa due to recent conspiracy theories in the press involving the Solidarity...

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Gdansk May Lose Famous Shipyards

Dec 3rd, 2008

The subsidies previously granted to the Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards were recently acknowledged to be illegal by the EU. The financial aid was originally designed to help the yards stand alone rather than to prop them up, a requirement that was not...

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Poland's Shipyard Saga Continues

Aug 7th, 2008

Poland has been granted a reprieve by the European Commission and now has a new deadline of the 12th of September for submitting plans to restructure the Baltic shipyards or face having to return five billion zloty of illegal state aid. The...

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Intelligent Life Above Gdansk?

Jul 14th, 2008

This weekend, citizens and visitors to Gdansk experienced a bit of the paranormal as a "UFO" swooped through the city's skies. The "unidentified flying object" actually turned out to be an "unidentified artistic object" - which would later be...

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German PM in Gdansk

Jun 17th, 2008

German Prime Minister Angela Merkel met with Polish PM Donald Tusk in Gdansk to discuss eastward expansion of the EU and the EU treaty. Despite Ireland's recent rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, Merkel stressed the importance of the treaty. Tusk...

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Neptune Statue Damaged by Football Fans

May 19th, 2008

While football fans in any country generally aren't known for being especially civilized, usually the worst they do is beat each other up. However, unfortunately Gdansk's famous Neptune's Fountain statue was the subject of football fan shenanigans on...

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Mixed News for the Gdansk Shipyard

Apr 4th, 2008

Recently the Gdansk Shipyard received both good and bad news from the European Union. The good news: they may not have to pay back the 750m zloty public subsidy. The bad news: the shipyard may face a strike. The owner of the shipyard, ISD Polska, is...

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Solidarity on the Big Screen

Feb 5th, 2008

In remembrance of the historic events surrounding the Solidarity movement in Poland, the Polish Film Institute and the European Centre for Solidarity (ECS) in Gdansk recently announced a new film competition, titled: "Solidarity: the First Hole in...

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Gdansk Shipyard Sold!

Oct 22nd, 2007

Under the threat of bankruptcy since the European Union rather politely, but firmly requested the historic Gdansk shipyard cut capacity and repay 1.3 billion euros in illegally allocated state subsidies, the shipyard has inked an impressive deal in...

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Kubica Inspires Gdansk Racetrack

Oct 1st, 2007

Get revved up race fans. Gdansk authorities have announced their intentions to build a Formula 1 race track on Poland's Baltic coast. The track will be 5700m long with a straightaway which will allow race cars to exceed speeds of 300km/hr. A go-cart...

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Walesa Needs Help to Keep Pace

Sep 6th, 2007

Former Polish president and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has announced that he will undergo heart surgery soon to keep his clock ticking. Doctors advised the 64-year-old who suffers from an irregular heartbeat to have a defibrillator - or pacemaker...

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The Scrappiest Shipyard In the World

Aug 27th, 2007

Solidarity trade unionists from Stocznia Gdansk have planned an emergency demonstration in Brussels this Friday the 31st. Over 100 teamsters are expected to participate in the rally, which will be held outside of the building of the Euopean...

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Gdansk Shipyard Faces Uncertain Future

Aug 14th, 2007

Brussels has become wise to Poland's underhanded protection of its precious, yet inefficient, Baltic shipyards in Gdynia, Szczecin and Gdansk - and they want their money back. Since joining the EU in 2004, Poland has poured an estimated 1.3 billion...

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Foes Don't Let Foes Keep Secrets

Jun 26th, 2007

Solidarity sweetheart and former Polish president, Lech Walesa, whose iconic moustache toppled Poland's communist government in the late 80s, has thrown upon the file on his past, challenging his critics to find evidence of communist collaboration....

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Baltic Bush

Jun 11th, 2007

George Bush paid a brief visit to the Baltics last week when he flew in to Gdansk following Germany's G8 Summit. Unfortunately for Mr. Bush however it was case of business not pleasure, and the US president certainly did have time for any sightseeing...

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Gdansk Downloadable PDF Guide!

May 31st, 2007

Ever wish you could reach into the ether, pull all of that great Gdansk Life info out of there and take it with you on your trip? Well now you can (and without any of that red pill, white pill Matrix funny business). Our new Gdansk Life pdf can be...

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Muck-Rakers and Apology-Makers

May 14th, 2007

In line with their attack on all things not identical to them, the Kaczynskis are championing their new law - introduced in March - which requires some 730,000 Poles to sign a legal document stating whether or not they collaborated with the...

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Gdansk Awaits Euro 2012

Apr 20th, 2007

The historic city of Gdansk may be known for the Lenin shipyards and the birthplace of Solidarity, but soon it will be put firmly on the footballing map of Europe. As part of the winning joint bid by Poland and Ukraine, Gdansk is set to play a major...

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Mustache Envy

Mar 14th, 2007

Former Polish president - and national hero for his role in the Solidarity movement - Lech Walesa, is being sued for defamation. Seems he's having a bit of a spat with current president, Lech Kaczynski. After Kaczynski criticised Mr. Walesa over a...

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Finnair Flies to Gdansk

Nov 4th, 2006

Gdansk is set to become Finnair's next destination in Poland starting April 2007, making it the only foreign carrier serving three cities in the country. Mainly geared towards business and leisure travelers, Finnair's country sales director,...

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Clash Between Clergy and Yard Workers

Oct 18th, 2006

A few months ago, the Solidarity Trade Union activists came up with the idea of naming the Gdansk shipyard after John Paul II, as he was instrumental in the overthrow of communism. Yet top authorities in the clergy refuse to grant their consent. ...

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Author Grasses Himself Up

Aug 15th, 2006

Prominent voices in Poland have been declaring their unease at German writer Gunther Grass's honorary citizenship of Gdansk. The awkward scenario emerged in the last few days, following the writer's admission that he had served in the Nazi SS, one of...

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St. Dominic’s Fair in Gdansk!

Aug 2nd, 2006

One of the highlights of the Tri-citys events calendar is St. Dominics Fair, held every year in the streets of Gdansks Old Town. The history of the fair goes all the way back to the 13th Century when crowds of merchants from Germany, France,...

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Walesa lashes out at Poland's leaders

Jul 17th, 2006

Gdansk, Poland (AHN) - Polish Nobel Peace Prize winner and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has lashed out at Poland's current twin leaders, President Lech Kaczynski and Prime Minister Jaroslaw, calling them incompetent and that they were not capable of...

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A Bumpy Crossing

Jun 27th, 2006

Poland doesn't have the best reputation in the world when it comes to sensible driving, and last weekend's escapades revealed that navigating under the influence may well be on the cards for seamen too. A pleasure boat sailing along the coastline...

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Historic Gdansk Church Up In Flames

May 23rd, 2006

A FIRE has ripped through a historic church in the Polish city of Gdansk yesterday, causing the roof to collapse, authorities said. There were no initial reports of injuries as Poland's TVN24 television channel broadcast pictures showing the...

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White Eagles for Solidarity pioneers at last

May 5th, 2006

President Lech Kaczynski has decorated Anna Walentynowicz and Andrzej Gwiazda, two legendary pioneers of the Solidarity movement, with the highest Polish state distinction, the Order of The White Eagle. They were the organizers of the workers...

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Shocking Saga Of Korean Workers

Apr 3rd, 2006

A shocking article in the Gazeta Wyborcza revealed that workers from North Korea work almost for free at the Gdansk shipyard, cradle of the Solidarity trade union. The workers were supervised by a Korean communist party agent and blackmailed by the...

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Whale Appears In Polish Waters

Apr 3rd, 2006

A ten metre humpback whale has been spotted frolicking off the coast of Gdansk, Poland. It is the first sighting of a such a creature for many years. "I saw it! This is probably the first whale that swam into our bay in 27 years," Krzysztof Skora,...

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Gdansk Film In the Cannes

Mar 21st, 2006

A film that chronicles the struggle of one of the shining lights of the Solidarity movement is being tipped for great things at this year's Cannes Festival. 'The Forgotten Heroine', by veteran German director Volker Schlondorff, tells the tale of...

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Vodka War

Mar 6th, 2006

Poland and Hungary are quarrelling over the definition of vodka. For the Poles vodka is an alcoholic beverage derived from cereals or potatoes. Historically vodka is a colourless liquor made from grain. Traditionally it was made in Russia, the...

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Flight Deals With CentralWings

Mar 3rd, 2006

Book between Monday, March 6, and Sunday, March 12. Centralwings, the budget offshoot of LOT Polish Airways, has flights to Poland from 1 one-way excluding taxes and charges. Add on about 20 to cover taxes for a one-way flight. Travel between...

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Probe Goes Ahead

Mar 1st, 2006

A team of Roman Catholic Church historians and experts has been pulled together to check the files of communist-era secret police for evidence of collaboration and resistance among priests in southern Poland, a church spokesman said yesterday. ...

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Arrests Over Roof Collapse

Feb 24th, 2006

Prosecutors said yesterday they have filed charges against three managers of a company that owned an exhibition hall whose roof collapsed last month, killing 65 people. The snow-covered roof of the hall in the southern city of Katowice collapsed...

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Poles And Brits Win Design Awards

Feb 24th, 2006

Britain's The Guardian and Polish daily Rzeczpospolita have been voted the world's best-designed newspapers. Five judges from the Society for News Design reviewed 389 newspapers from 44 countries before naming the two titles the winners of the...

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Scottish Bishop looks to Poland

Feb 24th, 2006

Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen is visiting Poland to invite bishops to establish links which could lead to Polish priests coming to work in his far-flung Scottish diocese. "The Diocese of Aberdeen is the most northerly in Scotland," Bishop Moran...

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