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Kurasz, Jacek

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Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 14/02/2012

Polish economy flourishing despite crisis

According to recent data from the Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS) Polish exports rose by 15 percent year on year, reaching a total of 130 billion euros. This shows how stable the Polish economy remains despite the euro crisis, write the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: "Polish firms that export their products did well thanks to the weakness of the złoty. Furniture manufacturers even had the best year ever. And there's another factor that shows how strong the foundations of Poland's economy are: direct foreign investments have risen considerably, amounting to almost ten billion euros. That's almost 50 percent more than in 2010. And what will the coming year bring? There won't be any good news until the end of June, because the Eurozone is expected to enter a recession."

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 07/04/2009

Possilbe oil cooperation endangers Poland's energy security

According to the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita, the Russian oil companies Lukoil and Transneft are interested in a financial cooperation with the Polish oil company PKN Orlen. But this would increase Poland's energy dependency, the paper comments: "Let's not fool ourselves. The Russians treat our region differently than they do sunny Italy. And that has nothing to do with the fact that Vladimir Putin gets along better with Silvio Berlusconi than with [Polish Prime Minister] Donald Tusk. Central and Eastern Europe is a neuralgic region for the Russians. And their business strategy here is practically diametrically opposed to that for Western Europe. We must not lose sight of this fact. ... The deal with the Russians would give PKN Orlen short-term liquidity. But it woud wreak havoc on the detailed plan developed over many years for a rapprochement between Poland and Lithuania. And it would jeopardise the country's energy security as well."

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