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From the NEWS editor
April 8, 2009   
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The past few days have seen a string of major international meetings, including the first get-together between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev at a G-20 summit in London, and a NATO summit marking the organization's 60 years of history. These meetings showed that global leaders are still far from unanimous on how to best tackle various pressing global issues.

Observers in Poland were primarily interested in the NATO summit because Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski had been tipped to be among the front-runners to become the alliance's new secretary general. However, Sikorski found little support among NATO member states.

The June 7 European Parliament elections promise to be a key battleground for Poland's largest political parties ahead of next year's local and presidential elections and the 2011 parliamentary elections. The ruling Civic Platform (PO) is fielding an armada of prominent contenders in an attempt to outgun the opposition Law and Justice (PiS). Some of these people changed their political colors to be placed on the PO ticket.

All other parties, the fragmented leftists in particular, are expected to be just a backdrop for the PO-PiS clash. Still, anything can happen. Given the meager 20-odd percent turnout during the European Parliament elections in 2004, some of the political outsiders might well stand a chance, provided their names still ring a bell with voters.

Both Polish and international experts are increasingly inclined to believe that Poland will be one of the countries that will take the least time recovering from economic crisis. According to The Economist magazine, Poland will be the world's sixth fastest growing economy this year. What is more, it is expected to be the only economy in Europe that will see GDP grow. The Economist's forecasts for Poland for 2010 are even better. The Fitch Ratings agency is also relatively optimistic about the Polish economy, expecting it to emerge from the global recession without too many bruises. These forecasts show that investors' trust in Poland is growing.
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