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  • Biden’s Son, Polish Ex-President Quietly Sign On To Ukrainian Gas Company

    05/14/2014 11:03:39 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 13, 2014 | Max Seddon
    Revelations that Hunter Biden and Aleksander Kwasniewski serve on the board of a company controlled by a Yanukovych ally raise serious conflict of interest questions for Western countries’ Ukraine policy. DONETSK, Ukraine — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son has joined the board of a gas company owned by an ally of Ukraine’s fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and a key European interlocutor with Kiev who was previously president of Poland. The move raises questions about a potential conflict of interest for Joe Biden, who was the White House’s main interlocutor with Yanukovych while the latter was president and has...
  • Poland's ex-president Kwasniewski and ex-PM Miller accused of corruption

    03/16/2007 12:21:21 PM PDT · by JoAnka · 4 replies · 471+ views
    Polish Radio External Service ^ | March 16, 2007 | Joanna Najfeld
    Poland's former president Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former Prime Minister Leszek Miller and other prominent left-wing politicians were involved in large-scale corruption in connection with the privatization process in Poland, claims a lobbyist under arrest on charges of corruption. Marek Dochnal, three years ago one of the most influential lobbyists in Poland, for the past two and a half years under arrest on charges of large scale corruption, has testified that Poland's most prominent left-wing politicians accepted huge bribes back when they were in power. Among others, Dochnal names as guillty of corruption Poland's former president, Aleksander Kwaśniewski and former Prime Minister,...
  • Poland "misled" into joining Iraq war

    11/08/2006 12:00:57 PM PST · by lizol · 27 replies · 1,030+ views
    poland.pl ^ | 2006-11-08
    Poland "misled" into joining Iraq war 2006-11-08, 15:58 Warsaw decided to take part in the war with Iraq on grounds of untrue information which it received from the US administration - former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski has told a German daily. In an interview for "Der Tagesspiegel" Mr. Kwasniewski said that he heard about Iraq's mass destruction weapons from then US State Secretary Colin Powell himself. He added that now he would treat information supplied by intelligence "with more caution". In his interview for the daily, the former Polish president also appealed to the German government for more activity...
  • Outgoing President admits he was not sober in Kharkov

    12/22/2005 11:50:00 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 364+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 22.12.2005
    Outgoing President admits he was not sober in Kharkov 22.12.2005 President Aleksander Kwasniewski has admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol during his visit to the Ukrainian city Kharkov in 1999. The president’s behaviour on a tour of the graves of Polish army officers murdered by the Soviet security police in 1940 prompted mass media comments that he was not sober. His aides blamed this on leg problems. Interviewed by the TVN24 news channel today, Kwasniewski said he had drank alcohol. He added that he was ill at that time and was taking medicines. He said that he...
  • Goodbye Olek

    12/19/2005 2:55:27 PM PST · by lizol · 13 replies · 366+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 19.12.2005
    Goodbye Olek Aleksander Kwasniewski ends his two terms as Polish president and later this week will hand over his office to his political opponent, right wing president elect Lech Kaczynski. Known by his nickname 'Olek', which is short for Aleksander, Kwasniewski is seen as a president who ushered Poland into NATO and the EU and tried to exert a moderating influence, but whose last years of presidency were marred by political scandals. Aleksander Kwasniewski was 41 when in 1995, as the leader of the Polish left, he defeated the Solidarity legend Lech Wałęsa in the presidential elections. Five years later...
  • President Kwasniewski warns against tough stand towards Russia

    12/19/2005 8:49:08 AM PST · by lizol · 11 replies · 239+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 19.12.2005
    President Kwasniewski warns against tough stand towards Russia. 19.12.2005 Meanwhile outgoing president Aleksander Kwasniewski has warned the ruling party in Poland against a tough stand towards Russia. Kwasniewski advises president elect Lech Kaczynski not to demand a visit in Warsaw by president Putin but meet the Russian head of state in any place in the world. Speaking for the commercial radio TOK Fm Kwasniewski said he believes that Poland cannot force the Polish interpretation of the history of the Soviet Union and Russia. Poland should aim at forming joint commissions of historians, changes in school books and open discussions. President...
  • Presidential pardon causes controversy

    12/03/2005 1:13:34 PM PST · by lizol · 215+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 02.12.2005
    Presidential pardon causes controversy 02.12.2005 Poland's outgoing president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, has launched a procedure to pardon a member of the previous, leftwing government who was involved in a scandal, which rocked the Polish political scene for over two years. Zbigniew Sobotka was convicted for 3 and half years in jail for tipping off gangsters about a prepared police action against them. The scandal which involved many left wing politicians brought to light many links and corruption affairs among the former ruling left. President Kwasniewski's decision to pardon Sobotka has given rise to outraged comments from the ruling right wing as...
  • Storm over president's plan to pardon convicted ex-minister.

    12/01/2005 10:59:10 AM PST · by lizol · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 01.12.2005
    Storm over president's plan to pardon convicted ex-minister 01.12.2005 Discussions continue in Poland over the outgoing president’s intention to pardon former deputy interior minister Zbigniew Sobotka. The latter was sentenced to 3 and a half years behind bars for links with the criminal world. President Aleksander Kwasniewski has now sent a pardon motion to the prosecutor’s office. New prime minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz has called on the president to drop the motion to show Poles that criminals will be penalised. Throughout Aleksander Kwasniewski’s second 5-year-long term as president nearly a thousand people have been pardoned.
  • Polish president warned over ultra-right shift

    10/25/2005 9:10:51 AM PDT · by lizol · 179 replies · 1,881+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 25 October 2005 | Stephen Castle
    Polish president warned over ultra-right shift By Stephen Castle in Brussels 25 October 2005 Poland was given a blunt warning over its human rights obligations yesterday - after the election of a president who has sought to curb gay rights and campaigned for the restoration of the death penalty. The clear victory for Lech Kaczynski, who won 54 per cent of the vote in Sunday's run-off, marks a sharp change for Poland as a majority of voters embraced the populist politics of a man who has promised to bring about moral renewal. Mr Kaczynski, whose twin brother will also be...
  • GERMANY'S NEW OUTLOOK. Friendlier Transatlantic Relations Likely Under Chancellor Merkel

    10/22/2005 11:33:05 AM PDT · by lizol · 11 replies · 452+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2005 | Jim Hoagland
    Germany's New Outlook Friendlier Transatlantic Relations Likely Under Chancellor Merkel By Jim Hoagland Sunday, October 16, 2005; Page B07 Angela Merkel's new coalition government in Germany provides a sudden silver lining for the dark clouds that have descended over the Bush presidency. It will now be easier for Washington to work with Berlin and the European Union. That change could also help reduce the poisonous anti-American sentiments that pervade international politics. Those sentiments seemed to surface in this year's Nobel peace and literature prizes, which served to remind President Bush of his international unpopularity. The German silver lining is fragile:...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 10.12.05

    10/12/2005 3:10:30 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 197 replies · 3,814+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | Wednesday October 12, 2005 | GretchenM
    President Bush met with departing Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski at the White House. Secretary of State Rice visited with Pakistani and Afghani leaders and then arrived at Chaklala Air Base in Rawalpindi. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld is attending the U.S. and Central America Ministers Conference on Security and Economic Opportunity in Key Biscayne, Florida. Welcome to Sanity Island!
  • Final trip to US

    10/11/2005 11:18:48 AM PDT · by lizol · 165+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 11.10.2005
    Final trip to US Outgoing Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is paying a farewell visit to the United States this week. It’s his last official trip before the Polish head of State ends his second and final five year term later this year. Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will be the guest of honor at a special luncheon hosted by his US counterpart George W. Bush in Washington. This will be Kwasniewski’s fourth official visit to the White House since 2002. Kwasniewski will end his second five year term as President after his successor is elected in run off elections later this...
  • The New Order in New Europe

    09/26/2005 3:08:03 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 1,108+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 26, 2005 | MATTHEW KAMINSKI
    WARSAW -- In Mitteleuropa, the roles have reversed. The boring, steady Germans last Sunday opted for political chaos by failing to elect a government. A week later, the passionate but messy Poles expressed no ambivalence in picking a clean slate of leaders. Polish former communists were chucked out after a single term, keeping alive a losing streak for incumbents dating back to the birth of democratic Poland. The fresh Polish twist is found in the victor's camp. Two conservative parties built a majority around the very ideas that Angela Merkel and her center-right allies failed to sell Germans on. Law...
  • President warns of 'dangerous' slide to right ahead of weekend election

    09/23/2005 10:54:02 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 467+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | September 23, 2005 | Monika Scislowska
    President warns of 'dangerous' slide to right ahead of weekend election Monika Scislowska Canadian Press September 23, 2005 WARSAW, Poland (AP) - President Aleksander Kwasniewski warned Friday of a dangerous lurch to the right in Poland's elections and urged voters to defy predictions of a low turnout by turning out in large numbers. Opinion polls suggest the left-wing government, mired in corruption scandals, will be swept from power in Sunday's vote by the center-right Law and Justice Party and the pro-business Civic Platform. With the two opposition parties, who plan to rule in coalition, on course for a two-thirds majority...
  • American Jewish Committee Honors Poland President Kwasniewski

    09/17/2005 11:56:17 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 281+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Fri Sep 16
    American Jewish Committee Honors Poland President Kwasniewski Fri Sep 16, 7:37 PM ET NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland was honored last night by the American Jewish Committee with the organization's highest award, the American Liberties Medallion. "Mr. President, you are a towering champion of liberty, a steadfast defender of democracy, a staunch advocate of human rights, a courageous protector of memory and a tireless promoter of mutual understanding," said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris as he presented the prestigious award at a dinner at AJC headquarters. "Today, democratic Poland shines bright in...
  • Polish president to stump for Holtzman

    09/13/2005 11:56:08 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 258+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 13, 2005 | Stuart Steers
    Polish president to stump for Holtzman By Stuart Steers, Rocky Mountain News September 13, 2005 Foreign heads of state usually don't get involved in Colorado political campaigns, but nobody ever said Marc Holtzman was a typical candidate for governor. Holtzman will make several appearances today with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, whom he met while working as an investment banker in Eastern Europe in the 1990s. Kwasniewski will appear at the University of Denver and at two private fundraisers for Holtzman. "In 1993, Marc went to Eastern Europe and set up a company to help emerging democracies learn about free enterprise,"...
  • Polish president rallies behind ailing leftist

    09/07/2005 9:31:00 AM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 175+ views
    Reuters Polska ^ | 2005-09-07 | Wojciech Moskwa and Pawel Sobczak
    Polish president rallies behind ailing leftist 2005-09-07 11:40 WARSAW, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski on Wednesday rallied behind his hand-picked candidate for successor, leftist lower house speaker Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, struggling to remain in the race. Cimoszewicz, a moderate leftist, has slipped from first to third in opinion surveys over the last six weeks after an error was found in his declaration of assets and hurt his cherished image as a clean hands politician. European Union member Poland is set to tilt to the political right in parliamentary and presidential elections this and next month, with voters angry...
  • Ukrainian, Polish presidents to coordinate actions on Belarus

    08/26/2005 9:10:59 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 251+ views
    Interfax ^ | Aug 26, 2005
    Ukrainian, Polish presidents to coordinate actions on Belarus KYIV. Aug 26 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski might discuss an initiative on coordinating their actions towards Belarus at their upcoming meeting. "I do not rule out that this initiative may be on the agenda, at the meeting between President Viktor Yushchenko and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. I do not rule out that this initiative might soon be discussed at the highest level and in this period of time some political decision might be made," Ukrainian Deputy State Secretary Markian Lubkivsky told a briefing on Friday....
  • President Kwasniewski calls on Putin to end violence against Poles in Moscow.

    08/12/2005 3:45:26 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 12.08.2005
    President Kwasniewski calls on Putin to end violence against Poles in Moscow 12.08.2005 Poland's president has called on his Russian counterpart to try to end a spate of anti-Polish violence on the streets of Moscow. Aleksander Kwasniewski urged Vladimir Putin and the Russian authorities to punish the attackers and added that they were creating harmful tensions between Russia and Poland. Two Polish diplomats have also been beaten up in Moscow in the past week. Kwasniewski described the beatings as organised events, and insisted it was within the power of the Russian security and police services to put an end to...
  • Polonaise by Kwasniewski

    08/11/2005 10:46:47 AM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 339+ views
    Kommersant ^ | Aug. 10, 2005
    Polonaise by Kwasniewski The attack on children of some Russian embassy officials in Poland has caused an unexpectedly sharp reaction of the Russian authorities. Vladimir Putin called it “an unfriendly act which should be qualified as a crime.” Mikhail Zygar, an observer of “Vlast” magazine, thinks that children are not the main cause of the exacerbation of the relations between the two countries, simply, the Polish question has again come to the fore in Russia. Few people remember that some 150 years ago Poland for Russia was the same as Chechnya is now. Uprisings flared up from time to time...