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Oct 14, 2012

Lithuanians ditch government in verdict on austerity

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuania’s opposition prepared to take power on Monday after voters rejected the austerity-minded government, a foretaste of what may await other European leaders forced to make unpopular cuts by the financial crisis.

An ex-Soviet state of about three million people, Lithuania crashed hard when the crisis hit four years ago. It slashed spending in response and is now returning to economic health – but too late for voters fed up with belt-tightening.

Oct 14, 2012

Winner of Lithuania election says may let deficit rise

VILNIUS (Reuters) – The leader of the party set to win Lithuania’s parliamentary election said on Sunday there could be a case for letting the Baltic state’s budget deficit rise above the ceiling set out under European Union rules.

Lithuania has been held up as a model of fiscal discipline inside the European Union after it responded to the banking crisis with tough austerity measures and kept its deficit within the threshold of 3 percent of gross domestic product.

Oct 14, 2012

Austerity-weary Lithuania ejects government: exit poll

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuanians voted out their government in an election on Sunday, an exit poll showed, in a taste of what may await other European leaders forced by the financial crisis to implement unpopular austerity measures.

An ex-Soviet state of about three million people, Lithuania crashed hard when the crisis hit four years ago. It made tough budget cuts in response and is now returning to economic health – but too late for voters fed up with belt-tightening.

Oct 13, 2012

Lithuanian voters to give harsh verdict on austerity

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuanians are likely to eject their center-right government in an election on Sunday that could be a taste of what awaits other European leaders forced by the financial crisis to implement unpopular austerity measures.

An ex-Soviet state of 3.5 million people, Lithuania crashed hard when the crisis hit four years ago. It made tough budget cuts in response and is now returning to economic health – but too late for voters fed up with belt-tightening.

Oct 10, 2012

Polish PM seeks course through economic storm

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will try to persuade voters on Friday he is the best man to deal with an economic slowdown that has made one of eastern Europe’s most stable governments look suddenly vulnerable.

Tusk, in a speech setting out his response to the faltering economy, is likely to announce some measures to try to stimulate growth, as well as limited reforms aimed at making public finances more streamlined.

Sep 29, 2012

Slowdown galvanizes Polish opposition protesters

WARSAW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Polish capital on Saturday, the start of an opposition drive to capitalize on the spluttering economy and try to loosen Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s grip on power.

Poland’s economy, the biggest in central Europe, has grown robustly even while its neighbors slipped into recession, handing Tusk high levels of support and leaving his opponents struggling to win credibility with voters.

Sep 11, 2012

War-time allies hushed up massacre of Poles: documents

WARSAW (Reuters) – Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill hushed up evidence the Soviet secret police had killed thousands of Polish men in the Katyn forest in 1940 for fear of alienating World War Two ally Josef Stalin, newly-declassified documents show.

An estimated 22,000 Polish military officers and intellectuals were killed in the massacre at Katyn, in western Russia, many of them trucked in from prison camps, shot in the head from behind, and shoved into mass graves.

Sep 11, 2012

War-time allies hushed up Katyn massacre of Poles: documents

WARSAW (Reuters) – Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill hushed up evidence the Soviet secret police had killed thousands of Polish men in the Katyn forest in 1940 for fear of alienating World War Two ally Josef Stalin, newly-declassified documents show.

An estimated 22,000 Polish military officers and intellectuals were killed in the massacre at Katyn, in western Russia, many of them trucked in from prison camps, shot in the head from behind, and shoved into mass graves.

Aug 3, 2012

Progress and tradition collide in Poland’s green oases

WARSAW (Reuters) – Krystyna Pakulska walks down a dirt track lined with silver birch trees and stops for a moment to breathe in the air.

“Look at the beauty around you, the flowers and the trees,” says the 59-year old, a retired employee of Polish state television. “Why destroy this beautiful land?”

Jul 4, 2012

Algeria, France tussle over archives 50 years after split

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When French soldiers and administrators left Algeria after more than a century of colonial rule, they did not go empty-handed.

They took historical artifacts, books and maps, a national heritage that still sits in French libraries and archives today and which Algeria says its former colonial master should return.