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Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Monday, June 16, 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: "This is the best proof of how dramatically askew our government's policy is. It is based exclusively on getting a firm grip on power. ... True, exactly what Sienkiewicz wants is hard to make out from the recordings. But from the context it's clear that the NBP was supposed to finance the budget. That, however, is clearly banned by the constitution. And what's more Belka even set further conditions, namely that Rostowsky must go. It's no secret that the ex-finance minister isn't easy to get along with, but no one may put their personal interests above their duty to the state."

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