Poland

Country Poland
Capital Warsaw
Continent Europe
Currency ZĹ‚oty(PLN)
Languages Polish & Kashubian

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Introduction

Poland is an ancient nation that was conceived near the middle of the 10th century. Its golden age occurred in the 16th century. During the following century, the strengthening of the gentry and internal disorders weakened the nation. In a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland amongst themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the presidency. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe, but Poland still faces the lingering challenges of high unemployment, underdeveloped and dilapidated infrastructure, and a poor rural underclass. Solidarity suffered a major defeat in the 2001 parliamentary elections when it failed to elect a single deputy to the lower house of Parliament, and the new leaders of the Solidarity Trade Union subsequently pledged to reduce the Trade Union's political role. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

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Poland - Wikipedia
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Poland - Factors to Watch Aug 17 - Reuters

Poland - Factors to Watch Aug 17
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A unit of Larq called Nextbike Polska, a supplier and operator of city bike systems, plans to enter markets in Norway, Finland and Iceland after rapid growth in Poland, the head of Nextbike Polska Tomasz Wojtkiewicz told Puls Biznesu daily.

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Poland and the EU: looking for the exit door? - Visegrad Insight

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Poland and the EU: looking for the exit door?
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Until recently Poland was heralded in the EU as a remarkable success story. It joined the club in 2004 and since then its status and importance were growing till 2015, as testified by the election of Poland's former Prime Minister Donald Tusk to the ...
The Erosion of Liberal Democracy in Central Europe is the Greatest Threat to the EUHuffPost

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Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials - Phys.Org

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Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials
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"We're dealing with what is undoubtedly the worst disaster in the history of Polish—and perhaps even European—forestry," Poland's chief forester, Konrad Tomaszewski, told reporters. The storms that hit Poland overnight Friday to Saturday killed six ...
Poland needs until 2019 to clear trees felled by heavy windABC News
Clearing up storm damage to Polish forests will take until 2019: officialthenews.pl

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Poland seeks Jewish-American lawyers - The Jerusalem Post

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Poland seeks Jewish-American lawyers
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The Nazi slogan "Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets you free) is pictured at the gates of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland January 27, 2017, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of ...
Polish historian seeks exhumation of Jews murdered by neighbors in WWIIThe Times of Israel
Polish historian requests exhumation of remains of Jews killed in 1941 massacrei24NEWS

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Poland Springs owner is sued - Press Herald

Poland Springs owner is sued
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A Connecticut law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against the owner of Poland Spring, claiming the company's source for its Maine bottled water is not a spring. The case is not a first: Nestlé Waters, which owns Poland Spring, was sued 14 years ...
Poland Spring Called 'Colossal Fraud' In Suit Against NestleLaw360 (subscription)

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Terrible storm felled 8 million m3 in Poland - Forestry.com (press release) (registration)

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Terrible storm felled 8 million m3 in Poland
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A terrible storm felled more than eight million cubic meters of wood in Poland this August. Several persons were injured and even killed. Damages on infrastructure and forests was massive. Pictures shows huge areas where every tree is broken to pieces.



Jewish life and history are complicated in Poland - Jewish Journal

Jewish Journal

Jewish life and history are complicated in Poland
Jewish Journal
As a first-timer in Poland and guest of the Polish Press Office and the Polish government on a recent trip with seven other West Coast Jews, I had to balance the tales I'd heard of Poland's anti-Semitism with the country's contemporary, culture ...

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Excessive heat replaced by excessive storms in Poland - Aljazeera.com

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Excessive heat replaced by excessive storms in Poland
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A front of Atlantic air has forced itself into Spain, through the Alps, Austria and the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland. Hail the size of hens' eggs fell in Spain. Flash floods raged through the Italian Alps, tombstones were felled in the Czech ...



Poland's economy to grow faster than predicted: finance mInister - thenews.pl

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Poland's economy to grow faster than predicted: finance mInister
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Poland's finance minister expects economic growth to exceed the predicted 3.6 percent and "low" budget deficit after the statistical office released optimistic growth data for the second quarter. Mateusz Morawiecki. Photo: Twitter.com/Embassy of Poland US?.



Poland marks anniversary of 1920 victory over Bolsheviks - National - thenews.pl

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