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February 4, 2010   
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The biggest political spectacle in Poland right now is a special parliamentary commission appointed to investigate a scandal involving prominent politicians of the ruling Civic Platform (PO) party, who supposedly lobbied for their friends-businessmen operating casinos and video arcades. The spectacle is being widely followed, because almost all the commission's hearings are broadcast on live TV. Although the commission is still far from clarifying the gambling scandal, developments at the commission's sessions have been causing a shift in opinion polls. The evident conflict between commission members from PO and the opposition will probably become even more fierce as the weeks go by. After all, this is the year of local and presidential elections.

Polish scientists and researchers often astonish the world with their discoveries. Teaming up with their Swedish colleagues, a group of Polish geologists and paleontologists have conducted excavations for seven years in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains, around 200 kilometers south of Warsaw. Their discoveries may soon revolutionize our knowledge of evolution. The researchers found the footprints of the oldest four-footed creature, or tetrapod, that has ever walked the earth. The tetrapod of the Świętokrzyskie Mountains lived over 400 million years ago, which means the footprints are 18 million years older than any such discovery made so far. The footprints have already undermined several theories which paleontologists take for granted. Research on the newly discovered tetrapods might force revisions to textbooks that describe how fish evolved into amphibians.

Despite the global economic crisis, Poland managed to retain its appeal to investors. The inflow of Foreign Direct Investment in the first ten months of 2009 only declined by 10 percent compared the first ten months of 2008. Most Polish experts believe things will not get any worse this year and FDI will remain at the same level or grow. Poland's chief attractions are stable economic regulations, a qualified and relatively inexpensive labor force, professional managerial staff who speak foreign languages and an investor-friendly government that works on providing them with better operating conditions.
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