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Gov't Vs. Opposition War to End?
February 18, 2009   
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Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, held talks Feb. 11 in a bid to bury simmering political animosities and pool efforts to ward off economic crisis. Kaczyński described the talks as a step towards the end of a "state of war" and the start of "normal political competition."

Kaczyński said he and Aleksandra Natalli-¦wiat, the deputy chair of PiS regarded as one of the opposition's key economic experts, had talked with Tusk about stabilizing the Polish economy. Kaczyński added there had been no discussion on Poland adopting the euro or amendments to the constitution. "Although our views differ on many things, when it comes to our approach to the crisis, we have clarified certain things to one another," Kaczyński said.

"There are certain areas we are able to discuss with PiS," said Zbigniew Chlebowski, the head of the Civic Platform (PO) caucus, who took part in the meeting. "We do differ in our stance on the budget deficit, but we can reach an agreement on, for example, the restoration of business freedom in Poland."

"We differ in many aspects, but discussion can help us reach an agreement," Natalli-¦wiat said. "In everything the government does, the priority should be boosting economic growth." Natalli-¦wiat added EU funds should be put to use more efficiently.

The talks Feb. 11 have nevertheless shown that the ruling coalition and the opposition still disagree on methods to counter the effects of the recession. Kaczyński has proposed the budget deficit being increased by zl.7 billion in a time of financial crisis, but the government objects to this idea, claiming it would increase debt for individuals. PiS, in turn, refuses to accept plans to suspend public funding of political parties in the coming two years. That proposal recently came from PO, but this time objections are also being voiced by the junior coalition partner, the Polish People's Party (PSL).
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