WARSAW (Reuters) – Poles will choose between two conservative candidates with contrasting views on market reforms, the euro currency and Poland’s place in the European Union in Sunday’s presidential election run-off.
Bronislaw Komorowski of the centrist ruling party, Civic Platform (PO), is tipped to win but faces a stiff challenge from rightist opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of President Lech Kaczynski who died in a plane crash in April.
WARSAW (Reuters) – His core conservative supporters see Jaroslaw Kaczynski as an honest patriot who will champion Poland’s national interests in the European Union and beyond if he wins Sunday’s presidential election run-off.
His liberal critics at home and abroad, however, flinch at the memory of the sometimes prickly nationalism that defined his spell as prime minister in 2006-07 and fear that as president he could reignite tensions with Russia, Germany and the EU.
WARSAW (Reuters) – The frontrunner in Poland’s tight presidential race called on Tuesday for an accelerated pullout of Polish forces from Afghanistan in comments designed to win over leftist voters.
Bronislaw Komorowski, a moderate conservative, and his more right-wing rival, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, are both courting the left after its candidate Grzegorz Napieralski won a better-than-expected 14 percent in Sunday’s first round of voting.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s centrist presidential candidate Bronislaw Komorowski faces a tight run-off vote against his right-wing rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski on July 4 after beating him by only a few percentage points in a Sunday vote.
Financial markets would prefer a Komorowski victory, expecting him to work smoothly with Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s economically liberal government to tackle a big budget deficit and prepare the country eventually to adopt the euro.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poles choose a new president on Sunday in an election that will help shape the pace of economic reforms and set the tone for Warsaw’s relations with its partners in the European Union and with historic foe Russia.
Billed as the strangest election in Poland’s 21-year post-communist history, it was called after the death of President Lech Kaczynski and much of the country’s political and military elite in a plane crash in Russia on April 10.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poles will choose a successor to their late president Lech Kaczynski on Sunday in an election haunted by the twin tragedies of the plane crash that killed him and the worst floods to hit the country in more than a decade.
The two frontrunners are both conservative Catholics and veterans of the Solidarity movement that overthrew communism in 1989, but they differ sharply in style and in their views on the euro currency, market reforms, and Poland’s place in Europe and the world.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Pilots of the doomed aircraft carrying Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski received at least a dozen warnings from on-board systems to regain altitude during the last minute before the crash, according to transcripts from its cockpit recorders released on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s government decided to publish the transcripts to quell media speculation about the reasons for the April 10 crash, which also killed Poland’s top military commanders, its central bank governor and many lawmakers.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Five years after losing power in a wave of corruption scandals, Poland’s left remains chronically weak and divided and its candidate in next month’s presidential election will be lucky to win just 10 percent of the vote.
Even the candidate himself, Grzegorz Napieralski is resigned to taking third place for his Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), behind two right-leaning rivals, though he insists younger, more liberal Poles will increasingly turn to his party in the future.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland remains committed to adopting the euro and could join as early as 2014, a deputy finance minister said on Tuesday, despite the debt crisis engulfing Greece and threatening some other EU member states.
Dominik Radziwill’s comments contrasted with a statement from Poland’s finance minister last week that the euro zone needs time to “refurbish” due to the debt crisis and that Warsaw was in no rush to join.
WARSAW, May 4 (Reuters) – Poland holds a presidential
election on June 20 whose outcome will help determine the pace
and scale of reforms needed to improve the European Union’s
largest ex-communist economy and to prepare it for euro entry.
The election was moved forward from October after the death
of President Lech Kaczynski, along with 95 others including
Poland’s top military commanders, its central bank governor and
lawmakers, in a plane crash in Russia on April 10.