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Nov 18, 2011

EU, IMF to press Greek parties on reform promises

ATHENS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – International lenders will
press

Greece’s fractious political parties on Saturday to give
written guarantees that they will back austerity measures under
a bailout deal aimed at saving the country from financial ruin.

The leader of conservative New Democracy — one of three
parties in the new national unity government of technocrat Prime
Minister Lucas Papademos — has stirred dismay in the EU by
refusing to sign any pledge, saying his word is enough.

Nov 16, 2011

Euro zone looks to Italy, Greece moves to ease crisis

ROME/ATHENS (Reuters) – The euro zone looks for some respite Wednesday, with Italy due to unveil a technocrat-led cabinet and a new Greek coalition expected to win a confidence vote, as Europe battles to prevent its debt woes from dragging down the world economy.

Former EU commissioner Mario Monti is set to inform Italy’s president that he has assembled a new government, whose most pressing task will be to get a fractious political class to agree to painful structural reforms designed to rescue its debt-laden finances.

Nov 16, 2011

Greek government set to win confidence vote

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s new government should comfortably survive a vote of confidence Wednesday but Prime Minister Lucas Papademos faces a daunting task repairing the shattered public finances, and cracks are already appearing in his crisis coalition.

Polls show Papademos, a former vice president of the European Central Bank, has the backing of three in four Greeks but the need to implement painful tax rises and spending cuts to secure fresh loans and stave off bankruptcy will sorely test that support.

Nov 15, 2011

Greek government set to win confidence vote, cracks emerge

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s new government should comfortably survive a vote of confidence on Wednesday but Prime Minister Lucas Papademos faces a daunting task repairing the shattered public finances, and cracks are already appearing in his crisis coalition.

Polls show Papademos, a former vice president of the European Central Bank, has the backing of three in four Greeks but the need to implement painful tax rises and spending cuts to secure fresh loans and stave off bankruptcy will sorely test that support.

Nov 15, 2011

Greek govt set to win confidence vote, cracks emerge

ATHENS, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Greece’s new government
should comfortably survive a vote of confidence on Wednesday but
Prime Minister Lucas Papademos faces a daunting task repairing
the shattered public finances, and cracks are already appearing
in his crisis coalition.

Polls show Papademos, a former vice president of the
European Central Bank, has the backing of three in four Greeks
but the need to implement painful tax rises and spending cuts to
secure fresh loans and stave off bankruptcy will sorely test
that support.

Oct 10, 2011

Polish PM eyes coalition after historic poll win

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk began talks on forming a new coalition government Monday after his center-right Civic Platform became the first party to win a second consecutive term since the fall of communism in 1989.

Tusk met President Bronislaw Komorowski and the head of the Peasants’ Party, his coalition partner for the last four years, after his pro-business party won 39 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election but fell short of an absolute majority.

Oct 10, 2011

Polish PM wins four more years, cheers investors

WARSAW, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Centre-right leader Donald Tusk
has become the first Polish prime minister since the fall of
communism in 1989 to win a second consecutive term following his
Civic Platform’s election victory, nearly complete results
showed on Monday.

Investors hailed the outcome as a guarantee of political and
economic stability in the European Union’s largest eastern
member in turbulent times, but Fitch ratings agency urged Warsaw
to move swiftly to put its public finances in order.

Oct 10, 2011

Polish PM wins new term, markets buoyant

WARSAW, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Centre-right leader Donald Tusk
has become the first Polish prime minister since the fall of
communism in 1989 to win a second consecutive term following his
Civic Platform’s election victory, nearly complete results
showed on Monday.

With 93 percent of the votes counted, Tusk’s pro-business
party had 39 percent of the votes in Sunday’s election. Its main
rival, Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s nationalist-conservative Law and
Justice party, trailed on 30 percent.

Oct 10, 2011

Polish PM Tusk scores historic election victory

WARSAW (Reuters) – Donald Tusk will be the first Polish prime minister since the fall of communism more than two decades ago to rule for a second consecutive term after his center-right Civic Platform trounced rivals in an election, cheering the markets.

With 64 percent of the votes counted, Tusk’s pro-business party had won 37.5 percent of votes in Sunday’s election, short of an absolute majority but far ahead of Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s nationalist-conservative Law and Justice party on 30.6 percent.

Oct 9, 2011

Polish PM scores historic election win

WARSAW (Reuters) – Donald Tusk will be the first Polish prime minister since the fall of communism in 1989 to rule for two successive terms after his center-right Civic Platform trounced its rivals in a parliamentary election.

An exit poll showed Tusk’s pro-business party had won nearly 40 percent of votes in Sunday’s election, short of an absolute majority but far ahead of Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s nationalist-conservative Law and Justice party on just over 30 percent.

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      "I lead a team of around 20 journalists in Warsaw, including text reporters writing in English and in Polish, photographers and a small TV crew. I joined Reuters 20 years ago and Warsaw is my seventh assignment. I have also worked in Tokyo, Moscow, London, Brussels, Ankara and Sofia."
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