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Feb 27, 2014

Polish senior official in trouble for ‘Hitler’ outburst at German airport

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Thursday he is considering the future of a senior party ally who is alleged to have drunkenly shouted “Heil Hitler!” at a German airport official.

The incident involving Jacek Protasiewicz, vice-president of the European parliament, is embarrassing for Poland because it has been trying to put aside wartime animosities to build a close relationship with Germany.

Feb 24, 2014

In Ukraine, Poland comes of age as an EU power broker

WARSAW (Reuters) – Last Friday, as Ukrainian opposition leaders held out against signing an EU-brokered deal to end bloodshed on the streets, Poland’s foreign minister dug into his own history to break the deadlock.

If they did not sign up to compromise with President Viktor Yanukovich, Radoslaw Sikorski told them, “you’ll all be dead”.

Feb 13, 2014

Poland dismisses state road agency chief

WARSAW, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Poland’s government on Thursday
dismissed the head of the state road agency, who had been at the
centre of disputes between Poland and international engineering
firms over a European-backed road-building programme.

Many contractors allege that Lech Witecki’s agency, known by
its Polish acronym GDDKiA, had forced them to take heavy losses
on contracts to build Polish motorways, and even drove some into
bankruptcy. Witecki has denied the allegations.

Feb 5, 2014
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In private diaries published in Poland, Pope John Paul asked: Am I serving God?

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(A man browses a copy of “John Paul II: I am very much in God’s hands. Personal notes 1962-2003″ at a bookstore in the centre of Warsaw February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Pope John Paul II spent decades constantly questioning whether he was worthy of the role he was called to carry out, according to private diaries published on Wednesday in defiance of his request that they be destroyed.

Feb 5, 2014

In private diaries, Pope John Paul asked: Am I serving God?

WARSAW (Reuters) – Pope John Paul II spent decades constantly questioning whether he was worthy of the role he was called to carry out, according to private diaries published on Wednesday in defiance of his request that they be destroyed.

John Paul, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005, will be made a saint in April and remains for many Catholics a towering model of faith and commitment.

Jan 28, 2014

Polish ex-intelligence official says time for truth on CIA jail

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s official stance of denying it hosted a secret CIA jail is harming its reputation and it needs to be frank about what really happened, a senior intelligence official at the time the alleged prison was operating told Reuters.

A growing weight of information gathered by rights groups, lawyers and parliamentary inquiries suggests that Poland allowed its NATO ally the United States from around 2003 to detain al Qaeda suspects in a facility in a northern Polish forest.

Dec 10, 2013

Bumps in Polish road schemes need smoothing-EU official

WARSAW, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Poland’s European Union-backed
road schemes have not delivered the expected benefit to the
construction sector and the right lessons should be drawn, the
EU’s budget commissioner said.

Construction industry lobbies say many firms – Polish and
foreign – have been left out of pocket after winning
road-building contracts administered by the state roads agency.
Six EU states have asked the Polish government to intervene.

Nov 20, 2013

Poland names bank economist as new finance minister

WARSAW, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk
named a bank economist as his new finance minister on Wednesday,
an appointment designed to re-invigorate a government that many
voters feel has lost its way after six years in power.

Mateusz Szczurek, 38-year-old chief economist for central
Europe with Dutch bank ING in Warsaw, replaces Jacek Rostowski,
who held the post for the past six years but had quarrelled with
Tusk in the past few months.

Nov 19, 2013

Unravelling plot reveals tension at heart of Czech government

PRAGUE (Reuters) – It had all the elements of a spy thriller: a convoy of cars with tinted windows, a Baroque castle outside the Czech capital, a clandestine meeting of senior politicians.

This though was real, it happened late last month, and it was the culmination of a battle for power between the Czech President Milos Zeman and former allies who nearly ended his political career 10 years ago.

Nov 14, 2013

Court rejects Polish request to keep CIA jail hearing private

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a request from the Polish government to exclude the press and public from a hearing next month into whether Poland hosted a secret CIA jail on its soil, the court said on Thursday.

The hearing in Strasbourg, scheduled for December 3, will be the first time an open court has heard the allegations that Warsaw allowed the United States to detain and interrogate al Qaeda suspects in a forest in northern Poland.