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Jul 3, 2010

Poland set to vote in tight presidential run-off

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poles choose a new president on Sunday in an election run-off that will help decide the speed and scale of economic reforms and set the tone for Warsaw’s ties with its European Union partners and with Russia.

Billed as Poland’s strangest election since the fall of communism in 1989, it was called after the death of President Lech Kaczynski and many other top officials in a plane crash in Russia on April 10.

Jul 1, 2010

Poles to pick president from rival conservative camps

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.

Jun 30, 2010

Poland’s Kaczynski stirs pride and anxiety before poll

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.

Jun 22, 2010

Afghan war moves centre-stage in Polish election

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.

Jun 21, 2010

Komorowski leads in tight Polish election race

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.

Jun 20, 2010

Poles elect new president after plane crash

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.

Jun 17, 2010

Poles to elect president in shadow of crash, floods

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.

Jun 1, 2010

Transcript details last moments of Polish plane

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.

May 20, 2010

Left in disarray before Poland’s election

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.

May 18, 2010

Poland says still committed to euro despite Greece

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.

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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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