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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.

Nov 19, 2014

New rules could drive supermarket chains out of Hungary, lobby says

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Multi-national supermarkets could be driven out of Hungary, a trade lobby said on Wednesday, after the government raised their inspection costs and threatened to shut them down if they fail to make a profit for two years.

The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has a record of adopting idiosyncratic laws untroubled by how they are viewed outside Hungary. Those have included special taxes that have cost foreign banks, telecoms and a TV station billions of euros.

Nov 18, 2014

Hungary PM, accused of flirting with Kremlin, at Russia soccer match

BUDAPEST, Nov 18 (Reuters) – When Russia’s national soccer
team took to the pitch for a friendly match against Hungary on
Tuesday night, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban watched
intently from the VIP section of Budapest’s new stadium.

Hungarian officials say he was there because he loves
soccer. But at a time when most European Union leaders are at
pains not to associate with Russia over its intervention in
Ukraine, Orban’s presence at the stadium stands out.

Oct 26, 2014
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Poland bids to reclaim forgotten past as haven for Jews



(Visitors stand under the “Celestial Canopy”, a reconstructed painted ceiling of a synagogue that once stood in Gwozdziec (present-day Ukraine), at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Poland, the country on whose soil Nazi Germany carried out the darkest acts of the Holocaust, is starting to re-connect with its other role in Jewish history, as a home for 1,000 years to one of the world’s biggest Jewish communities.

Sep 23, 2014

Kremlin Internet plans could endanger free speech: watchdog

WARSAW (Reuters) – Russian proposals on protecting Internet users against threats from the West could be a Kremlin ploy to crack down on critical voices inside Russia, a representative of Europe’s main rights and democracy watchdog said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the Internet as a “CIA special project,” and Russia media last week quoted officials as saying they were looking at technical ways to shield the Russian web, if the need arises, from threats to national security.

Sep 19, 2014

New Polish PM brings her rival into government

WARSAW, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Poland’s prime minister
designate, Ewa Kopacz, brought party rival Grzegorz Schetyna
into her new government as foreign minister on Friday to try to
neutralise a potential challenge to her authority.

Outgoing foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski, one of Poland’s
most high-profile politicians on the international stage, is to
be given the job of speaker of parliament, on paper the second
most senior role in the state after the president.

Sep 10, 2014

Polish PM’s rival says he will challenge for party leadership

WARSAW, Sept 10 (Reuters) – A rival of outgoing Polish Prime
Minister Donald Tusk has said he will seek the leadership of
Tusk’s party, the first sign of cracks appearing in the ruling
coalition now that Tusk is leaving for a senior job in Brussels.

Grzegorz Schetyna was sidelined by Tusk after making
previous challenges for leadership of the Civic Platform party.
He said with Tusk now leaving the scene it was time for him to
try again to win election as party leader.