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From the Editor
March 29, 2012   
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In Europe, a country’s capital plays a different role than, for instance, in the United States, Canada or Australia. London, Paris, Prague and Warsaw are not only where the headquarters of national authorities and diplomatic missions are located, but also centers of culture, science and business whose impact extends to the country as a whole. This role developed over the centuries, until it became embedded and emotionally rooted in the national consciousness.

For Poles, Warsaw is a special place. Since the late 16th century it has been the focus of all important national events. In more recent times it has become a symbol of Polish heroism and Polish suffering. This is where two uprisings broke out during the Nazi occupation (the Jewish Ghetto Uprising in 1943 and the Warsaw Uprising in 1944). It was here that the invaders killed 700,000 people. That is more than the total U.S. and British casualties during World War II; 70 percent of the city was destroyed.

No wonder that regardless of the political system, every completed building and every road was enthusiastically received. They still are, though we are much more demanding today.

Poland after 1990 has not been developing Warsaw-centrically, but Warsaw remains its hub. The biggest economic conference organized by The Warsaw Voice in association with the International Herald Tribune and the Warsaw Stock Exchange is not called Warsaw—CEE Financial Hub for nothing.

A new, huge and attractive venue has appeared recently on the Polish capital’s cityscape: a soccer stadium seating 60,000 which, once the Euro 2012 soccer championships are over, is sure to become one of the city’s most attractive sites, a center of sports, culture, entertainment and congresses. The fact that it initially became the focus of a series of rows is nothing new in Poland, but there is no question but that it will also become a source of pride.

Will it be a source of pride in business terms too? Does Warsaw, even now listed second among the most attractive investment locations, ahead of London and Paris, have huge development prospects before it? Our current issue answers these and many other questions about Warsaw.
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