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From the Editor-in-Chief
November 26, 2008   
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The end of the first year in government places a big challenge before Donald Tusk's cabinet. The past 12 months were a time of continual jostling between the government and opposition, with the government taking advantage of the satisfaction of its voters, who for the time being were simply relieved that the rule of the Law and Justice (PiS) party was over. The ratings for the Civic Platform-Polish People's Party (PO-PSL) coalition were very high, providing a convincing response to accusations of failure to fulfill pre-election promises. One could even say that Tusk enjoyed not the traditional "honeymoon month" that voters usually allow a new government, but almost a "honeymoon year."

Now, however, the hour of truth has come, simultaneously on two fronts that are closely linked. One front is the confrontation with workers who intend to robustly oppose any move to cut their perks and privileges, mainly the option to retire early from over a million jobs nationwide. The second front is the global financial storm that will be felt in all corners of the world.

These challenges cannot be ducked. The government faces a test of its mettle. It's just as well that this is occurring a year after the government came into power. Tusk's cabinet has had time to gain experience and has managed to improve the many weak points it found on taking office, for example in foreign policy.
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