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May 27, 2011

Obama to reassure Poland with air base deal

WARSAW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will reaffirm a U.S. commitment to Poland’s security with a deal to set up an air detachment, the White House said on Friday, meeting a key Polish request for “American boots on the ground.”

Obama, on his first trip to NATO ally Poland, will also urge leaders from ex-communist central and eastern Europe assembled in Warsaw to share their experiences of managing a democratic transition with reformers in North Africa and the Middle East.

May 25, 2011

Missile defense, shale gas top Obama agenda in Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) – From missile defense to shale gas, President Barack Obama will reaffirm a U.S. commitment to Poland’s security on a variety of fronts when he pays his first, long-awaited visit to Warsaw on May 27-28.

Relations with Poland, one of Washington’s most loyal NATO allies, are back on a more even keel after a few wobbles early in the Obama administration when the president was sometimes seen as indifferent to central Europe and its security concerns.

May 18, 2011

Poland to develop shale gas despite environment risk

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland reaffirmed its commitment to developing its shale gas reserves on Wednesday despite French plans to ban drilling, but officials and industry experts said tough regulatory and environmental challenges lie ahead.

The U.S.-based Energy Information Administration (EIA) said last month Poland’s technically recoverable reserves of shale gas are the biggest in Europe at an estimated 5.3 trillion cubic meters, though some experts are skeptical about the figure.

Apr 13, 2011

Poland weighs costs of German job market opening

WARSAW (Reuters) – Adam Malkowski thinks the lifting of Germany’s restrictions on east European workers is such good news that he has already voted with his feet and moved there, weeks before the job market formally opens on May 1.

Germany and Austria won a seven-year exemption shielding their jobs markets from ex-communist states such as Poland that joined the European Union in 2004 but that is about to expire, raising the prospect of hundreds of thousands moving west.

Apr 10, 2011

Divided Poles mark crash anniversary, rap Russia

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poles mourned on Sunday their former president and 95 others killed in a plane crash one year ago, but their commemoration was marred by political divisions and anger with Russia over the removal of a memorial plaque.

President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and a sizeable chunk of Poland’s military and political elite died on April 10, 2010, when their plane crashed in thick fog while trying to land at Smolensk in western Russia.

Apr 10, 2011

Divided Poles mark crash anniversary

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poles mourned on Sunday their former president and 95 others killed in a plane crash one year ago, but their commemoration was marred by political divisions and anger with Russia over the removal of a memorial plaque.

President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and a sizeable chunk of Poland’s military and political elite died on April 10, 2010, when their plane crashed in thick fog while trying to land at Smolensk in western Russia.

Apr 9, 2011

Plaque row mars Polish commemoration of plane crash

WARSAW (Reuters) – A diplomatic row has erupted over a plaque marking last year’s plane crash in Russia that killed Poland’s president and 95 others, casting a shadow over Sunday’s commemoration of disaster’s first anniversary.

The spat has laid bare the raw emotions still swirling among Poles one year on from the crash, which stunned their nation, exacerbated its political divisions and revived historic suspicions about Russia, their former Cold War master.

Mar 10, 2011

Analysis: Poland to miss deficit goal, shy of pre-poll reforms

WARSAW (Reuters) – Fiscal risks to Poland’s sustained economic boom are growing and the center-right government will have to deliver long-delayed reforms if it wins a second term this year to placate increasingly jittery markets.

Economists agree that plans to slash the deficit by nearly two-thirds by 2012 are unconvincing but they have given Prime Minister Donald Tusk time as he shies away from further unpopular moves ahead of an increasingly tight election race.

Feb 1, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Poland

WARSAW, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Poland’s centrist ruling party
appears on track to win an autumn general election despite
rising criticism over its shakeup of the pension system, a large
budget deficit and its handling of relations with Russia.

Opinion polls put Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s Civic
Platform (PO) ahead of its rivals, though with a narrowing lead,
and it looks set to become the first Polish party since the end
of communism in 1989 to win a second consecutive four-year term.

Dec 17, 2010

Polish PM says Russia crash report “unacceptable”

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk criticised as “unacceptable” on Friday a Russian report on the plane crash that killed Poland’s president, a view that may upset Warsaw’s cautious rapprochement with Moscow.

President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and 94 others, mostly senior Polish officials, died on April 10 when their Tu-154 plane crashed in thick fog near Smolensk airport in western Russia.

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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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