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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, February 6, 2012

Tusk shows weak leadership on Acta

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Friday put off signing the Anti-Counterfeit Trading Agreement Acta and invited anti-Acta activists to a meeting on Monday. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza sees the invitation as an expression of weak leadership: "With this move the prime minister has put his authority on the line. Because either he made a premature decision when he signed Acta or he has changed his mind since then and let himself be influenced by the protests on the street. That's a bad sign for a government that plans to introduce reforms - including a raise in the retirement age for men and women. This is an economically and demographically difficult but necessary reform. Not only the opposition but also part of the general public is against it. The national conservative Law and Justice party PiS and the Solidarność union are even demanding a referendum on the issue, the results of which would certainly be negative for the government."

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