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July 30, 2008   
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Controversial plans to station American interceptor missiles in Poland as part of the U.S. "missile shield" system have been raising the political temperature. The United States and the Czech Republic July 8 signed an agreement in Prague on placing a radar station, another key part of the system, in that country. Those in favor of installing a missile base in Poland were hoping that negotiations between Warsaw and Washington would be completed soon too, but that has not happened. After a recent round of negotiations, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that Poland had not yet received "sufficient security guarantees." It is likely that the negotiations will drag on several more months and a deal might not be struck until after November's presidential elections in the United States.

This prospect has annoyed President Lech Kaczyński. He called in Defense Minister Radosław Sikorski to his office and held an unprecedented talk with him, accusing him of acting against Poland's interests. Although the talks were confidential, the contents were leaked to the media two weeks later, shocking public opinion.

People are officially Poland's biggest asset. "Intellectual capital is the quality that distinguishes Poland from other countries," Tusk said recently and promised the government would earmark zl.20 billion on investment in human capital by 2014. The money will be spent mainly on education of the youngest children so that they can develop their talents early. The government's main goals include boosting young people's foreign language skills, mainly in English, a pro-family policy, and simplified regulations, including tax laws.
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