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Ukraine upends Poland's EU election campaign

The Ukraine crisis has shifted Poland's campaign for next month's European elections, boosting the governing centre-right party's chances as its prime minister reassures voters nervous about Russia's next move. "Issues relating to Ukraine and Poland's security have become essential in this EU election campaign, pushing matters of domestic politics into the background," political marketing specialist Eryk Mistewicz told AFP.

The woman who could be Poland's next prime minister

By Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - When Polish deputy prime minister Elzbieta Bienkowska applied to study at a prestigious university in Warsaw, she was rejected after one of the interview panel questioned how she could study and raise a family as well. The next year, she applied again and was asked the same thing. She replied by inquiring if the panel would put that question to male applicants. She was accepted.

Poland names bank economist as new finance minister

By Christian Lowe and Karolina Slowikowska WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk named a political novice as his new finance minister on Wednesday in a reshuffle designed to re-invigorate a government that many voters feel has lost its way after six years in power. Mateusz Szczurek, the 38-year-old chief economist for central Europe with Dutch bank ING in Warsaw, replaces Jacek Rostowski, who was finance minister for six years but had quarreled with Tusk in the past few months.

Poland's PM fires Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski in major government reshuffle

WARSAW, Poland - Poland's prime minister on Wednesday fired Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski in a major government reshuffle aimed at breathing new energy into Poland's longest-serving team under democracy. The pro-market government of Donald Tusk has guaranteed stability in Poland's politics in recent years and has boasted of preserving economic growth at a time when European Union nations plunged into recession. But it has been recently losing support due to domestic policy decisions, budget cuts and allegations of corruption among members of Tusk's Civic Platform party.

Polish PM replaces finance minister in government reshuffle

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, replacing the finance minister and six others in his unpopular centre-right government, amid a sluggish economy and corruption allegations. Mateusz Szczurek, 38, who replaces Jacek Rostowski as finance minister "guarantees the new energy we need in this post," Tusk told reporters in Warsaw. mas/fb

Polish PM Tusk to reshuffle unpopular government

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will push ahead with a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, possibly replacing key ministers in his unpopular centre-right government, amid a sluggish economy and corruption allegations. "Tomorrow around 11:00 am (1000 GMT) I will make a statement on a cabinet reshuffle," Tusk told reporters in Warsaw on Tuesday without elaborating. Now serving its second consecutive term in office, Tusk's Civic Platform (PO) party has seen its approval ratings plunge to record lows ahead of regional elections next year and a general vote in 2015.

Polish transport minister quits over $6,600 wristwatch

By Marcin Goettig WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's transport minister, a close ally of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, resigned on Friday after prosecutors said he may have broken the law by failing to declare his ownership of a $6,600 wristwatch. Tusk told reporters he had accepted Slawomir Nowak's resignation, though he said he would welcome him back to his old job if the investigation cleared him of any wrong-doing.

Polish transport minister steps down over undisclosed watch

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish transport minister Slawomir Nowak stepped down on Friday after the prosecutor's office said there were grounds to believe Nowak broke the law, Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced. Earlier on Friday, the prosecutor's office said it had sent a motion to parliament to bring Nowak to justice, saying there was "justified suspicion" that he broke the law by failing to disclose an expensive watch in his mandatory asset statement.

Thousands bid farewell to Poland's ex-premier Mazowiecki

Thousands of mourners attended the state funeral on Sunday of Poland's Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the first non-Communist premier in Soviet-dominated eastern Europe, who died last Monday aged 86. Large crowds gathered outside the Saint John's Archcathedral in central Warsaw where the service was being held on what was declared a day of national mourning. The solemn mass, which was also screened live on television, was attended by President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, European Commission head Manuel Barroso as well as former Polish heads of government.

Polish capital gives verdict on mayor, and government

By Aleksandra Arendt WARSAW (Reuters) - Residents of Warsaw were voting on Sunday on whether to fire their mayor in a referendum that has turned into a chance for voters to voice concerns about the government of Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Although the vote is nominally about the work of Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, a close Tusk ally, it has also become a lightning rod for a general sense of dissatisfaction with Tusk's government, soon to enter its seventh year in power.
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