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September 24, 2008   
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Dark mutterings about cracks in the ruling coalition of the Civic Platform (PO) and the Polish People's Party (PSL) have been circulating for quite a while. Before every government bill went to the vote in parliament, no one has been able to predict whether the PSL, the junior coalition party, would back PO or do a last-minute U-turn. The PSL has been preoccupied with landing plum public positions for its members and supporters and the political horse trading has often been long and drawn out. A spat between PSL heavyweight Eugeniusz Kłopotek and Julia Pitera, the PO minister responsible for fighting political and government corruption, should therefore be seen as just another episode in the coalition's infighting.

Will Poland soon have the EU's harshest penalties for sex offenses against minors? Prime Minister Donald Tusk has declared himself in favor of forced "chemical castration," as he put it, for convicted child offenders following a series of pedophilia and incest cases over the last couple of weeks. Tusk has surprised political, legal and medical circles with the force of his pronouncements and now intends to follow through with legislation.

Europe's single currency may not be as hot a topic here as it is in Britain, but it still gets people steamed up. Tusk's recent statement that it's a priority for his Cabinet to see Poland adopt the euro in 2011 has the business community buzzing, but the announcement has also provoked much criticism.
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