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Dec 16, 2014

U.S. torture report puts Romania’s role under scrutiny

BUCHAREST/WARSAW (Reuters) – The lawyer for a man tortured by the CIA said Romania’s authorities should acknowledge the role they played after a U.S. Senate report pointed to Romania as the site of the secret CIA jail where the man was interrogated.

The report did not name countries that hosted CIA jails, but it gave details of prisoners being transferred to and from “detention center BLACK” which matched air traffic records of CIA-chartered planes passing through Romanian airports between 2003 and 2005. Some of these records were independently reviewed by Reuters while others were cited in court documents.

Dec 14, 2014

Special Report: EU funds help Poland build ‘ghost’ airports

LODZ, Poland (Reuters) – The European Union has given Poland more than 100 million euros ($125 million) to build at least three “ghost” airports in places where there are not enough passengers to keep them in business.

The result is gleaming new airport terminals which, even at the peak of the holiday season, echo to the sound of empty concourses and spend millions trying to attract airlines.

Dec 14, 2014

EU funds help Poland build ‘ghost’ airports

LODZ, Poland, Dec 14 (Reuters) – The European Union has
given Poland more than 100 million euros ($125 million) to build
at least three “ghost” airports in places where there are not
enough passengers to keep them in business.

The result is gleaming new airport terminals which, even at
the peak of the holiday season, echo to the sound of empty
concourses and spend millions trying to attract airlines.

Dec 12, 2014

After U.S. torture report, Poland asks what its leaders knew

WARSAW (Reuters) – The disclosure of details about the CIA’s brutal interrogation program could provide new leads for Polish prosecutors investigating how much Poland’s leaders at the time knew about a secret jail the agency was running in a Polish forest.

Prompted by a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s “black sites” for interrogating al Qaeda suspects, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, at a joint news conference with former Prime Minister Leszek Miller, said on Wednesday he knew about the facility in Poland.

Dec 12, 2014

Insight – After U.S. torture report, Poland asks what its leaders knew

WARSAW (Reuters) – The disclosure of details about the CIA’s brutal interrogation programme could provide new leads for Polish prosecutors investigating how much Poland’s leaders at the time knew about a secret jail the agency was running in a Polish forest.

Prompted by a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s “black sites” for interrogating al Qaeda suspects, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, at a joint news conference with former Prime Minister Leszek Miller, said on Wednesday he knew about the facility in Poland.

Dec 11, 2014

Polish ex-leader acknowledges CIA site but denies knowing about torture

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s former President Aleksander Kwasniewski acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that he allowed the CIA to operate a secret interrogation center in his country, but denied that he knew prisoners were being tortured there.

A U.S. Senate report that revealed torture by the CIA at sites around the world has exposed allies that assisted the U.S. spy agency and potentially could have legal consequences for governments and officials involved.

Dec 10, 2014

Polish ex-leader acknowledges hosting CIA site, denies knowledge of torture

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s former President Aleksander Kwasniewski acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that he allowed the CIA to operate a secret interrogation center in Poland, although he denied that he knew prisoners were being tortured there.

A U.S. Senate report that revealed torture by the CIA at sites around the world is an embarrassment for allies that assisted the U.S. spy agency and potentially could have legal consequences for governments and officials involved.

Dec 10, 2014

CIA paid Poland to ease qualms over secret prison: Senate report

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland threatened to halt the transfer of al Qaeda suspects to a secret CIA jail on its soil 11 years ago, but became more “flexible” after the Central Intelligence Agency gave it a large sum of money, according to a U.S. Senate report.

U.S. President Barack Obama discussed the report’s forthcoming publication during a telephone call on Monday with Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, administration officials and the Polish government said.

Dec 8, 2014

Polish central banker exposes internal rifts over rate policy

WARSAW, Dec 8 (Reuters) – A Polish central bank rate-setter
on Monday accused his colleagues of censoring him, laying bare
bitter divisions inside the bank that some in the market say
harm its ability to set monetary policy in eastern Europe’s
biggest economy.

Andrzej Bratkowski said from now on he would publish his
own, rival minutes of the bank’s rate-setting meetings on his
personal blog, and he said the bank may be breaking the law by
refusing to cut interest rates.

Nov 28, 2014

Weak EU economy forces new members to dust off old friendships

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s embassy in Algiers is not the grandest posting – the diplomats share the building with their Swedish colleagues to keep costs down – but last year it oversaw the fastest growth in trade of any Polish mission.

Ex-Communist countries in eastern Europe are building up economic links with far-flung places because the euro zone economy has floundered.