Surging prices imperil Polish govt ahead of vote next year


              Partially charred and burned Polish zloty banknotes are on exhibition at the National Bank of Poland, the country's central bank, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. At 17.5%, inflation marks a setback for Poland, a country that has witnessed dramatic economic transformation since communism fell but which still has not caught up with the West. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)
            
              A seagull flies over piles of coal in the Polish Navy port of Gdynia, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)
            
              Jacek Kryg, a 72-year-old instructor of Chinese metaphysics, shops for vegetables at an outdoor vegetable stands at the Hala Mirowska market in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)
            
              Uladzimir Kurbatau, right, prepares dough for dumplings in the kitchen of his restaurant in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. At 17.5%, inflation marks a setback for Poland, a country that has witnessed dramatic economic transformation since communism fell but which still has not caught up with the West. It also represents a challenge to date to the ruling conservative party, which has governed since 2015, as it heads into elections next fall. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)
            
              Sunlight falls on a newly built apartment block in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. At 17.5%, inflation marks a setback for Poland, a country that has witnessed dramatic economic transformation since communism fell but which still has not caught up with the West. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)
            
              People visit the Christmas market in the Old Town in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)
            
              A worker puts a freshly baked bread on a rack in a local bakery in Augustow, Poland, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)
            
              A woman does a shopping in a supermarket in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)
            A man sits in a nearly empty cafe in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. At 17.5%, inflation marks a setback for Poland, a country that has witnessed dramatic economic transformation since communism fell but which still has not caught up with the West. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk) A woman lifts a gold bar at the National Bank of Poland, the country's central bank, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. At 17.5%, inflation marks a setback for Poland, a country that has witnessed dramatic economic transformation since communism fell but which still has not caught up with the West. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk) A woman carrying a shopping cart walks in Warsaw's downtown, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. At 17.5%, inflation marks a setback for Poland, a country that has witnessed dramatic economic transformation since communism fell but which still has not caught up with the West. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk) People visit a shopping center in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. Prices are surging in Poland, making it among the European Union nations with one of the highest inflation rates. At 17.5%, inflation marks a setback for Poland, a country that has witnessed dramatic economic transformation since communism fell but which still has not caught up with the West. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)
Surging prices imperil Polish govt ahead of vote next year