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Poland's PM says daughter gets more security after death threats

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's prime minister said on Tuesday security for his daughter has been increased after she received many death threats vowing to avenge the "murder" of people killed in the 2010 crash of a government jet in Smolensk, Russia. Donald Tusk, speaking at a news conference to address criticism that his daughter Katarzyna benefits from unjustified government security, said his family had received hundreds of death threats over the last two months.

Pace of NATO increasing military forces in Poland unsatisfactory: PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Tuesday that the pace at which NATO increases its military presence in Poland was unsatisfactory. "We are gaining something step by step, but the pace of NATO increasing its military presence for sure could be faster. You remember the endless debates about the missile shield, with mediocre results," Tusk told a press conference.

EU to sign part of association deal with Ukraine next week: Polish PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Union will probably sign the political part of its association agreement with Ukraine next week, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday. "With Chancellor Merkel we both believe that signing of the association agreement with Ukraine as soon as possible would be beneficial," Tusk said at a joint conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German reliance on Russian gas threatens Europe

Germany's reliance on Russian natural gas poses a threat to European sovereignty, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned Monday amid rising East-West tensions over Ukraine. "Germany's reliance on Russian gas can effectively limit European sovereignty. I have no doubt," Tusk told reporters, days ahead of a Warsaw visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The top European economy buys around one third of its oil and gas from Russia and has extensive trade and investment links with the vast country to the east.

EU should sign deal with Ukraine urgently: Polish PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Union should urgently sign an association agreement with Ukraine, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Thursday. "I propose the urgent signing of the association agreement. There is a chance. But the opposition will be strong," Tusk said in a post on Twitter. (Reporting by Adrian Krajewski; Writing by Christian Lowe)

Polish official in 'Heil Hitler' outburst quits party roles

WARSAW (Reuters) - A senior politician with Poland's ruling party accused of drunkenly shouting "Heil Hitler!" at a German customs officer apologized on Friday and stepped down as head of his party's group in the European parliament. Jacek Protasiewicz, by his own account, drank two bottles of wine on a flight from Warsaw to Frankfurt, and then got into an argument with the customs officer as he tried to leave the airport terminal.

Polish senior official in trouble for 'Hitler' outburst at German airport

By Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Thursday he is considering the future of a senior party ally who is alleged to have drunkenly shouted "Heil Hitler!" at a German airport official. The incident involving Jacek Protasiewicz, vice-president of the European parliament, is embarrassing for Poland because it has been trying to put aside wartime animosities to build a close relationship with Germany.

Polish PM says 2014 GDP growth to exceed 3 percent

OPOLE, Poland (Reuters) - Poland's economic growth this year will likely exceed 3 percent compared to 1.6 percent last year, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Saturday. "I am an optimist and if I had to bet I would predict growth of over 3 percent in 2014," Tusk told a press conference to launch the building of two new units at a coal-fired power plant in the southern city of Opole. The 2014 budget bill assumes economic growth this year will accelerate to 2.5 percent, while analysts polled by Reuters have put it at 3.1 percent.

Poland to ask British PM to explain migrant comments

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's prime minister said on Tuesday he would ask his British counterpart David Cameron to explain remarks about Polish migrants benefiting unfairly from British welfare payments when the two men speak by telephone this week. Cameron had said he wanted new EU rules to limit access for migrants to their host countries' welfare payments, and pointed to Poles, among the biggest migrant communities in Britain, as an example of the potential for the rules to be abused.

Polish environment minister sacked as he chairs UN climate talks

Poland's sacking of Environment Minister Marcin Korolec in a government reshuffle Wednesday sparked ire at the ongoing UN climate talks in Warsaw which he is chairing. Korolec was one of seven cabinet ministers -- including the finance minister -- replaced by Prime Minister Donald Tusk at a time when his centre-right government is battling low popularity, a sluggish economy and corruption allegations. "This is nuts," Greenpeace Poland director Maciej Muskat said in a statement after the reshuffle.
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