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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.

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.

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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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