Poland's power behind the throne, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, is unwell, but the ageing party chief's potential successor could be even worse for EU relations. The 68-year old Kaczynski has been out of sight for the past month in his bed at the Military Medical Institute in Warsaw. It is due to an infected knee, Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, which Kaczynski chairs, has said. "I'll start with the bad news, especially for all those that either wish Kaczynski a quick political retirement or who spread nasty, fake lies about his health," Polish interior minister, Joachim Brudzinski, joked on Wednesday (7 June). "Jaroslaw Kaczynski indeed has a problem with his knee. It causes him pain … but he's not thinking about political retirement," Brudzinski said. The PiS chairman might be back in his office in a matter of days, a party spokeswoman earlier said. The comment on "nasty, fake lies" referred to some Polish news reports that Kaczynski was actually being treated for … [Read more...] about [Analysis] Meet the new Mr Poland
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Three major tour operators, Happy Tour Group, Cocktail Holidays, and Paralela 45, have reported increases in their sales of between 10 and 20 percent. “For us, this year is better than 2017. We started selling Easter packages immediately after New Year’s and have recorded a 15 percent increase in demand for Easter 2018 compared to last year,” Maria Goicea, Cocktail Holidays marketing director said. According to Goicea, over 1,000 tourists chose Cocktail Holidays for their Easter holidays. They bought over 500 de tourist packages for destinations such as Egypt, especially Sharm El Sheikh, Jordan, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Dubai in particular. The cost of an Easter package starts at EUR 290 per person, and the average cost stands at EUR 730 per person, with flights, accommodation, health insurance and taxes all included. The most sought after Easter holiday destinations in 2018 for Cocktail Holidays were Athens, Istanbul, … [Read more...] about Tour operators report up to 20 percent better sales for Easter holiday packages than last year
0 Have your say If you’re weighing up the options, here are the benefits of visiting Scotland’s capital in each season. World famous for its annual arts, comedy and film festivals, summer might seem like the prime time to pay Edinburgh a visit - but the city has something wonderful to offer no matter the time of year.SpringThose spending time in Edinburgh during the spring months can look forward to milder weather (relatively speaking), although some rainfall is likely.Visit green spaces like Princes Street Gardens, the Meadows or Bruntsfield Links to see the first crocuses, snowdrops and cherry blossom of the year in bloom and - weather permitting - stay a while to enjoy a coffee from one of the city’s many great cafes.READ MORE: 8 free things for teenagers to do in Edinburgh Every year, March and April bring with them the fascinating and varied Edinburgh International Science Festival, which is one of Europe’s largest science events.For music and … [Read more...] about When is the best time of year to visit Edinburgh?
easyHotel has purchased a site in Central Milton Keynes to build a new 124-room hotel. The budget hotel chain today announced that it has conditionally acquired a 125-year leasehold of part of Norfolk House on Silbury Boulevard. The development has already received planning permission and the acquisition will be completed subject to planning being finalised at the end of the judicial review period. The scheme has proved controversial as it will be converting part of Norfolk House from office use to the hotel. A number of small businesses complained to the Citizen that they had spent thousands of pounds on improving their floor space in the building having just signed up to lodge in the building, only to be given a month's notice to vacate the premises before the New Year. easyHotel is expected to open by mid-2019 at a total cost of approximately £8.7 million. Guy Parsons, CEO of easyHotel plc said: “We are delighted to have secured this site in Milton Keynes. "Now in its … [Read more...] about New £8.7m hotel to open in Milton Keynes
0 Have your say Most of us are feeling the January blues right about now, but when is it at it's worst? When is it?Blue Monday is usually the third Monday in January.If your unfamiliar with the day, your not alone. It's only recently that companies have used Blue Monday as a way to promote deals for fabulous holidays, luxurious self pamper spa retreats and even treat yourself gadgets. All under the name of cheering us up. It is said to be the most depressing day of the year, but is there fact to this statement?ForChristmas has come and gone and there doesn’t seem to be anything to look forward too, you’ve already given up on your rose tinted new year's resolutions.And dry January is a thing of the past.The weather is cold, likely frosty and there is nothing good on the telly.No wonder we're all feeling so glum.There does indeed seem to be a collective dullness about the month, that as a nation we share. Often moaning about the weather on social media and sighing … [Read more...] about Do you know when the most depressing day of the year is? Is Blue Monday a marketing ploy? Is Blue Monday real?