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Mar 26, 2014

Insight: Hungary to ignore critics with landslide for Orban

BATONYTERENYE, Hungary (Reuters) – Barring a major upset, Hungarians will enthusiastically re-elect Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party for another term in April. To outsiders who see an authoritarian troublemaker, the expected landslide looks odd.

Not to those who know what motivates him.

When Orban first became prime minister in 1998, aged 35, he stripped his office and replaced the fittings with items used by his pre-war predecessors, scavenged from elsewhere in the building, former spokesman Gabor Borokai told Reuters.

Mar 24, 2014

EU states in Russia’s shadow fearful about tougher sanctions

WARSAW/PRAGUE (Reuters) – The European Union states that used to be behind the Iron Curtain have most to fear from Russian aggression, yet also most to lose from imposing sanctions, and for now the fear of losing money is winning out.

Messages over the past week from officials in the EU’s 11 ex-Communist member countries indicate that most of them are going to be very resistant to any attempt by the bloc to impose the next stage of sanctions, on trade and economic ties.

Mar 10, 2014

Poland needs more belt-tightening to hit deficit target: OECD

March 10 (Reuters) – Poland’s government needs to make
deeper spending cuts if it is to meet its target agreed with
Brussels of getting the budget deficit under 3 percent of
economic output by 2015, the OECD said in a report issued on
Monday.

The organisation of the world’s most developed countries
left its forecasts for Polish gross domestic product (GDP)
growth unchanged, at 2.7 percent this year and 3.3 percent in
2015.

Mar 4, 2014

As leaders dither, citizens impose own sanctions on Russia

VILNIUS/WARSAW (Reuters) – While diplomats in Brussels debate how to respond to the Kremlin’s intervention in Ukraine, some people on Russia’s borders with the European Union are taking matters into their own hands.

In Lithuania, citizens angry at Russia’s leaders are encouraging a boycott of Russian goods and, in northern Poland, special events intended to bring in tourists from the Russian region of Kaliningrad at the weekend have been canceled.

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
via FaithWorld

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.