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Jul 24, 2014

European court rules against Poland over secret CIA jail

WARSAW (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that the CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, a judgement that adds to pressure on the United States and its allies to reveal the truth about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects.

The United States has acknowledged the existence of its “extraordinary rendition” scheme in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks but has never revealed which of its allies hosted the secret detention facilities.

Jun 23, 2014

Polish minister says Cameron incompetent or reckless on EU: magazine

WARSAW/LONDON (Reuters) – Poland’s foreign minister said that British Prime Minister David Cameron’s policy on Europe was either reckless or incompetent, according to a secretly recorded conversation published by a Polish magazine on Monday.

The Wprost magazine published what it said were excerpts of a conversation between Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and former finance minister Jacek Rostowski. It said they were secretly recorded at a restaurant in Warsaw.

Jun 23, 2014

Poland hunts for restaurant eavesdroppers who snooped on elite

WARSAW, June 23 (Reuters) – Poland’s prime minister on
Monday said the secret recording of officials discussing affairs
of state over restaurant meals was a plot to cripple the Polish
state at a time when it is rallying European opposition to
Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

But former security officers say the origin of the affair is
probably more prosaic: someone saw an opportunity for commercial
gain from recording the conversations, and exploited the fact
that Poland’s elite are lax about security when they go out for
a meal.

Jun 23, 2014

Neighbor Poland is an enticing model for Ukraine

WARSAW (Reuters) – World leaders marking 25 years since Poland began its transformation into a free-market democracy had a message this month for neighboring Ukraine: you too could follow the same path to prosperity.

Fundamentals of the two economies suggest Ukraine can aspire to match the progress Poland has made since communism fell. But first it must get to grips with its high energy consumption, and the corruption and poor governance that puts off many investors – precisely the main reasons why Ukraine remains so poor.

Jun 20, 2014

Poland acknowledges raid on magazine was heavy-handed

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s government acknowledged on Thursday law enforcement officers had gone too far when they raided the offices of a magazine and tried to seize leaked tapes that have embarrassed senior officials.

The night-time raid on the magazine’s offices, during which officers tried to wrestle a laptop containing the recordings out of the arms of the editor-in-chief, provoked a storm of outrage over respect for press freedom.

Jun 18, 2014

Poland’s squeaky clean image post-communism threatened by secret tape

WARSAW (Reuters) – The furor over a secretly recorded conversation between two senior Polish officials has so far focused on comments that call into question the independence of the central bank.

But businessman Zbigniew Jakubas says he is more upset about another part of the tape: a section in which, according to a transcript, Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz and central bank governor Marek Belka discuss how they can pressure Jakubas’s company to charge less for the coins it was proposing to mint under a state contract.

May 30, 2014

Poland’s Walesa kneels in prayer at funeral mass for former foe Jaruzelski

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lech Walesa, head of the Solidarity movement that ended Communism in Poland, knelt in prayer on Friday at a Catholic funeral mass for General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Communist leader who for decades was his sworn enemy.

But not all Poles are ready to reconcile with Jaruzelski, who oversaw violent crackdowns on pro-democracy activists before the Iron Curtain fell in 1989. Protesters gatecrashed his burial ceremony, shouting “traitor!” and “Go back to Moscow!”

May 29, 2014

Poland’s Walesa to pay last respects to foe Jaruzelski

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lech Walesa, the leader of the Solidarity movement that overthrew Communist rule in Poland, said on Thursday he will attend a funeral mass for General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Communist leader who had him thrown in jail.

Jaruzelski died on Sunday aged 90 and will be buried on Friday at a military cemetery in Warsaw. While in power, he declared martial law in Poland to put down a pro-democracy uprising before finally stepping aside to allow free elections.

May 28, 2014

Poland plans ‘modest’ funeral for last Communist leader

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s last Communist leader, Wojciech Jaruzelski, will be buried without the usual pomp and ceremony accorded a former head of state, the government said on Wednesday, in a nod to the many Poles who view him as a Kremlin stooge.

Jaruzelski’s death on Sunday aged 90 triggered a fierce debate about his role.

May 26, 2014

In death as in life, General Jaruzelski divides Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland was split on Monday over where to bury General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Communist leader who for years helped the Kremlin suppress dissent behind the Iron Curtain before finally allowing democratic rule.

Supporters of Jaruzelski, who died on Sunday aged 90, said he should be buried with full military honors befitting a former president who outsmarted his masters in the Soviet Union to deliver Poland to freedom without major bloodshed.