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Bugging operation against Polish Government

Alleged secret recordings of top ministers' compromising conversations have rocked Polish politics. The opposition is calling for new elections, while the government sees itself as the victim of a conspiracy. What does this mean for the Tusk government?

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, 1. July 2014

Bugging scandal discredits Polish entrepreneurs

The Polish intelligence agency ABW arrested the entrepreneur Marek Falenta last week in connection with the Wprost bugging scandal. Falenta is said to have passed on recorded discussions between politicians to the news magazine in retaliation for state restrictions on coal imports. Such interventions are fatal for private enterprise, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza fumes: » more

The Economist - United Kingdom | Thursday, 26. June 2014

Poland a success despite tape scandal

The cabinet of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been rocked by the Wprost tape scandal in recent weeks. However this shouldn't detract from the success of Poland's governments since 1990, the liberal business weekly The Economist points out: » more

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | Thursday, 26. June 2014

Tusk takes weak opposition by surprise

Polish head of government Donald Tusk won a parliamentary vote of confidence on Wednesday by 237 votes to 203. The conservative prime minister proposed the vote in reaction to the Wprost scandal in a surprise move aimed at creating a stable situation ahead of the EU summit. A coup that has exposed the weakness of the opposition, the conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna comments approvingly: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Moscow aims to weaken Poles with wire taps

Investigators have arrested the manager of the Warsaw restaurant where Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski's controversial conversation was secretly recorded. So far there is no conclusive evidence pointing to who was responsible for the Wprost affair, but political analyst Jakub Korejba suggests in the news magazine Newsweek Polska that Moscow was pulling the strings: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 24. June 2014

Bugging scandal could even help Sikorski

The bugging scandal involving Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski provokes a milder reaction from the conservative daily Lidové noviny than other papers: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Tuesday, 24. June 2014

Even small affairs rock Poland

The Polish government coalition plans to meet on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the consequences of the latest publication of secret recordings in the Wprost scandal. The whole affair puts the state in a very bad light, the news magazine Newsweek Polska comments: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Monday, 23. June 2014

Politicians can say what they want in private

The publication of further recordings of conversations between top Polish decision makers by the conservative news magazine Wprost triggered an outcry on Sunday. Now Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski has been cited as having made vulgar and disparaging remarks about the value of the Polish-US alliance to Jacek Rostowski, who was finance minister at the time of the recordings. Not a problem, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita finds: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 20. June 2014

New elections not in Polish leaders' interest

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Bronisław Komorowski on Thursday openly contemplated the possibility of early elections in reaction to the Wprost affair. But that would hardly be in their interest, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes in surprise: » more

Népszabadság - Hungary | Wednesday, 18. June 2014

Poland's bugging affair shows media's decline

In Poland tape recordings of private conversation published on Saturday by the magazine Wprost have put the government in a difficult situation. For the left-liberal daily Népszabadság the bugging affair is a also a clear example of how the quality media are starting to ape the tabloids: » more

Fakt - Poland | Wednesday, 18. June 2014

Tax dodgers should leave Polish parliament

As the Wprost bugging scandal continues, new evidence that compromises the Polish government has come to light: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Monday, 16. June 2014

Recordings compromise Poland's government

Tape recordings published on Saturday by the magazine Wprost reveal that in a conversation with Interior Minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz at a private celebration in July 2013, the head of the National Bank of Poland (NBP), Marek Belka, apparently offered financial help to the government in return for the sacking of then finance minister Jacek Rostowski. An admission of incompetence, the conservative Rzeczpospolita criticises: » more


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