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Italian junior minister who demanded government reshuffle resigns

ROME (Reuters) - Italian deputy economy minister Stefano Fassina resigned on Saturday, after calling for a cabinet reshuffle following the election of Matteo Renzi to lead his Democratic Party (PD), the biggest in the coalition, a government spokesman said. Fassina, a critic of austerity policies pushed by Europe to cut Italy's debt and a prominent member of the center-left PD, was appointed in May by fellow party member Prime Minister Enrico Letta, who leads a coalition with center-right and centrist parties.

Coalition with left could keep Poland's Tusk in power

By Karolina Slowikowska and Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the leftist opposition could form a coalition after the next election, senior figures from both parties say, a deal that would keep Tusk in power and commit Poland to a timetable for joining the euro.

Poland's ruling party pulling ahead of opposition: poll

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling Civic Platform (PO) pulled further ahead of its rightist opposition in a poll published on Friday, after trailing behind for months in the middle of a severe economic slowdown. Prime Minister Donald Tusk's party was backed by 25 percent of Poles, two points ahead of the Law and Justice party (PiS), according to a monthly measure by pollster CBOS, up from one point ahead last month. Other polls have shown the ruling party consistently behind its rival in recent months.

Polish government's majority cut again after MP quits

WARSAW (Reuters) - The Polish ruling coalition had only 232 seats in parliament to the opposition's 228 on Thursday after the departure of Jacek Zalek from the governing Civic Platform party, the third lawmaker to quit in just over three weeks. The decision of Zalek, who said he was unable to realize his political goals in the party, leaves Prime Minister Donald Tusk's grip on power at its most fragile since he took office six years ago.

Poland's ruling party loses ground to main opposition: poll

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling Civic Platform (PO) trailed the main opposition party by a record 11 points in a poll published on Friday, as the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk struggles to cope with the country's biggest slowdown in decades. A poll by TNS Polska for public television showed rightist Law and Justice party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski with the backing of 43 percent of Poles compared to 32 percent support for PO.

Poland opposition overtakes ruling party in polls

Poland's conservative opposition beat the centre-right ruling party for the first time in years in two fresh opinion polls released Monday and over the weekend. Jaroslaw Kaczynski's eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) opposition party -- which has been losing elections to Prime Minister Donald Tusk's Civic Platform (PO) since 2007 -- came out ahead in two separate surveys. Poland's next European and local elections are scheduled for 2014, followed by the legislative and presidential votes in 2015.

Transsexual could be new deputy speaker in Poland

She made history as Poland's first transsexual lawmaker in 2011 and now Anna Grodzka could become a deputy speaker of parliament in this deeply Roman Catholic nation. Born as a man, Grodzka, 58, was nominated Thursday for the position by party colleagues in the left-wing, anti-clerical Palikot Movement, which advocates legalising marijuana and civil unions for gay couples. Grodzka is believed to be the world's only current transsexual member of parliament, but she is not the first. Transsexual Georgina Beyer served in New Zealand's parliament between 1999-2007.
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