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Oct 9, 2011

Analysis: Polish PM’s return a relief for markets but no panacea

WARSAW (Reuters) – Victory for Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s ruling center-right Civic Platform (PO) in Sunday’s election brings relief to jittery financial markets but they will soon demand action on cutting the budget deficit and debt.

Tusk’s PO won nearly 40 percent of the vote, exit polls showed, many more than its nearest rival, Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s nationalist-conservative Law and Justice party, and is expected to renew its coalition with the small Peasants’ Party.

Sep 29, 2011

Disaffected youth may dampen Polish PM’s poll hopes

WARSAW (Reuters) – Mateusz Duszynski is the kind of a young, educated professional whose support Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s pro-European, market-oriented Civic Platform (PO) should be able to count on in its bid for another four years in power.

But Duszynski, 31, says he will vote on October 9 for the centrist PO’s arch-rival, the more conservative and nationalist-minded Law and Justice (PiS) party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Sep 18, 2011

EU finance ministers take stock of progress on debt crisis

WROCLAW, Poland (Reuters) – EU finance ministers broke no new ground in dealing with the euro zone debt crisis in discussions over the weekend, instead absorbing some ideas and rejecting others and taking stock of progress on agreed steps.

Ministers and central bank governors from the 17 countries using the euro and the broader 27-nation European Union met on Friday and Saturday in the Polish city of Wroclaw to discuss Europe’s slowing economic growth and progress in beefing up euro zone defenses against the sovereign debt crisis.

Sep 17, 2011

EU finance ministers break no new ground on debt crisis

WROCLAW, Poland (Reuters) – EU finance ministers broke no new ground in dealing with the euro zone debt crisis in discussions over the weekend, instead absorbing some ideas and rejecting others and taking stock of progress on agreed steps.

Ministers and central bank governors from the 17 countries using the euro and the broader 27-nation European Union met on Friday and Saturday in the Polish city of Wroclaw to discuss Europe’s slowing economic growth and progress in beefing up euro zone defenses against the sovereign debt crisis.

Aug 11, 2011

What’s Farsi for Schadenfreude? UK critics revel in riot woes

LONDON (Reuters) – From bizarre claims about the use of “mercenaries” to tongue-in-cheek travel advisories, countries long used to Western criticism of their own human rights records are relishing Britain’s embarrassment over the riots sweeping its cities.

With its long colonial past and its carefully nurtured self-image as the mother of parliamentary democracy and fair play, Britain is especially vulnerable to charges of hypocrisy and double standards.

Jul 29, 2011

Polish defence minister quits over damning crash report

WARSAW, July 29 (Reuters) – Polish Defence Minister Bogdan
Klich resigned on Friday after a government report listed a
litany of errors and neglect by the crew of the military plane
that crashed in Russia last year killing Poland’s President Lech
Kaczynski and 95 others.

The long-awaited, 328-page report said the crew of the TU-154
Tupolev plane were poorly trained and ignored crucial safety
regulations. It said mistakes by Russian ground staff and poor
conditions at Smolensk airport also contributed to the disaster.

Jul 29, 2011

Crew of doomed Polish plane were unfit for job – crash report

WARSAW (Reuters) – The crew of the plane carrying Poland’s president that crashed in Russia last year killing all 96 on board were poorly trained and ignored crucial safety regulations, a long-awaited Polish government report into the disaster said on Friday.

The 328-page report, which may complicate Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s bid for re-election in October, chronicles a long litany of errors and neglect by both the crew and Russian ground staff leading to the crash, which shook Poland to the core.

Jul 29, 2011

Crew of doomed Polish plane were unfit for job-report

WARSAW (Reuters) – The crew of the plane carrying Poland’s president that crashed in Russia last year killing all 96 on board were poorly trained and ignored crucial safety regulations, a long-awaited Polish government report into the disaster said on Friday.

The 328-page report, which may complicate Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s bid for re-election in October, chronicles a long litany of errors and neglect by both the crew and Russian ground staff leading to the crash, which shook Poland to the core.

Jun 16, 2011

Solidarity in the Arab Spring

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lech Walesa chuckles as he recounts a conversation he had in April with reformers in Tunisia, cradle of the Arab Spring.

“They told me they want to purge everybody linked to the old regime,” says the former shipyard electrician who brought democracy to his native Poland in 1989 as head of the Solidarity trade union.

Jun 16, 2011

Special Report: Solidarity in the Arab Spring

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lech Walesa chuckles as he recounts a conversation he had in April with reformers in Tunisia, cradle of the Arab Spring.

“They told me they want to purge everybody linked to the old regime,” says the former shipyard electrician who brought democracy to his native Poland in 1989 as head of the Solidarity trade union.

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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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