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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.

Oct 30, 2013

Poland asks court to hear CIA jails case in private

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s government has asked the European Court of Human Rights to exclude the media and the public from a court hearing next month on whether Poland hosted a secret CIA prison on its territory.

The request for a private hearing was criticized by a Polish human rights group, which accuses the state of trying to conceal its involvement in the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program behind a veil of secrecy.

Oct 24, 2013

Special Report: Poland’s roads to ruin

MSZANA, Poland (Reuters) – When Poland started handing out billions of euros worth of contracts for a wave of road-building five years ago, everyone was meant to benefit.

Poland would bring its decrepit transport system into the 21st century, European construction firms would win contracts at a time of recession, and the European Union, whose cash helped fund the work, could point to how it was helping.

Oct 24, 2013

Poland’s roads to ruin

MSZANA, Poland, Oct 24 (Reuters) – When Poland started
handing out billions of euros worth of contracts for a wave of
road-building five years ago, everyone was meant to benefit.

Poland would bring its decrepit transport system into the
21st century, European construction firms would win contracts at
a time of recession, and the European Union, whose cash helped
fund the work, could point to how it was helping.

Oct 10, 2013

Coalition with left could keep Poland’s Tusk in power

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the leftist opposition could form a coalition after the next election, senior figures from both parties say, a deal that would keep Tusk in power and commit Poland to a timetable for joining the euro.

Tie-ups between the parties – or their predecessors in Poland’s fractured political landscape – have never got off the ground in the past because the ideological divide was too great. This time people on both sides say the gap is narrowing.

Sep 29, 2013

Make or break for Poland as EU cash floods in

WARSAW (Reuters) – Elzbieta Bienkowska, a 49-year-old mother with a tattoo on her arm and back, has more money to invest than any other Polish minister in history.

As minister for regional development, she is responsible for allocating 73 billion euros ($99 billion) of European Union money over the next seven years with the aim of closing the gap between ex-communist Poland and western Europe.

Sep 27, 2013

Polish entrepreneurs come of age with global acquisitions

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish companies are buying into foreign markets long dominated by Western multinationals, driven by growth at home and a hunger to prove they are no longer Europe’s poor relations.

Twenty-four years after Communist rule ended in Poland, its companies now have the scale, knowledge and self-belief to expand abroad, chief executives and government officials said at a Reuters Eastern Europe Investment Summit this week.