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  1. May 11, 2012

    Pension reform sparks Polish protest

    Angry labour union activists blocked access to the Polish parliament on Friday after the centre-right government pushed...

  2. January 5, 2012

    Sex and caskets make for a lively market

    Sex is how we got here and death is how we'll leave, but those two fundamental facts of life are rarely comfortably joined –...

  1. December 13, 2011

    Infrastructure: the road forward

    The Kia Motors car factory in Slovakia is situated in Zilina, just 46km south of the Polish border. Yet instead of using the...

  2. December 13, 2011

    Economy: pole position

    The film Battle of Warsaw 1920 has just opened in cinemas across Poland, telling the blood-soaked story of how the newly...

  3. November 22, 2011

    2011 FT ranking of European finance ministers

    Explore which of Europe’s finance ministers performed best – and worst – as the economic crisis battered the EU in 2011....

  4. November 1, 2011

    Agriculture: EU funding helps secure a worthwhile harvest

    Czeslaw Janicki sits behind the wheel of his battered Toyota 4x4 and slowly drives us round a large open area between two...

  5. November 1, 2011

    Real estate: Investors seek safety of commercial property

    Investors are running scared as the eurozone struggles and assets prices gyrate. Some are taking a closer look at Polish...

  6. November 1, 2011

    Outsourcing: Choice of secondary cities makes country attractive

    The central Polish city of Lodz was once the textile hub of the Russian Empire, but now, with most mills long shuttered, it...

  7. November 1, 2011

    Euro 2012: Ugly aspects of the beautiful game keep both fans and business away

    Janusz Filipiak is one of Poland’s most successful businessmen. He is the founder of Comarch, a respected supplier of...

  8. November 1, 2011

    Overview: Public finance reform is next big step

    Poland has not been an object of envy for several centuries. But as the European Union’s increasingly unpopular politicians...

  9. October 6, 2011

    Polish shipyards: Gdansk workforce takes a tilt at windmills

    Something unusual is happening at the Gdansk shipyard, whose brawny welders, pipe fitters and steelworkers helped set...

  10. October 6, 2011

    Power: Local utilities will do the lion’s share

    Many people have an image of central Europe as a place of coal-fired factories belching smoke. However, an enormous wave of...

  11. October 6, 2011

    Innovation: Skills attract attention of big IT businesses

    Warsaw’s underground railway system is decorated with posters of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, a double Nobel Prize winner for...

  12. October 6, 2011

    Profile: Malgorzata Chechlinska’s unconventional take on tourism

    Funds from the European Union have spurred investment in the 10 former communist countries that joined the bloc between 2004...

  13. September 13, 2011

    Sailors who caught the tide

    Poland is known for many things, from Pope John Paul II and the Solidarity labour union that brought down communism, to...

  14. August 21, 2011

    Europe: The seven-year hitch

    In the south-east corner of Poland, along the Wisloka river, the European Union has literally helped to clear the stench of...

  15. June 29, 2011

    Interview with Donald Tusk, the Polish premier

    Financial Times: Poland is beginning its European Union presidency at a momentous time for the Union – the euro crisis,...

  16. June 29, 2011

    Cinema City: Curtain lifts on expansion hopes

    Cinema City is the leading cinema operator in central Europe, but there is little chance that anyone today could easily...

  17. June 29, 2011

    Cost cuts: Traffic plans run out of road

    Renata Rokita points to the zebra crossing on the busy road outside her shop where a woman was killed last year as she tried...

  18. June 29, 2011

    Politics: Legacy of air crash still casts pall in run-up to elections

    In the run-up to parliamentary elections in October, the most significant factor in Polish politics is a muddy field in...

  19. June 29, 2011

    Profile: Charm, luck and tactical sense likely to propel Donald Tusk to another term

    This month, Poland’s ruling Civic Platform party staged a US-style campaign rally in Gdansk, attended by some of the...

  20. June 21, 2011

    The economy is open but institutions are weak

    The Czech Republic has returned to growth after a severe recession in 2009. But economic expansion is significantly slower...

  21. June 21, 2011

    Stock exchange: Capitalism has taken root, capital markets not yet

    The economic transformation of the Czech Republic over the past two decades has been an enormous success – but although...

  22. June 21, 2011

    RSJ Algorithmic Trading: Friends devise set of winning formulas

    A sign in Karel Janecek’s office spelling out the annual turnover of his company, RSJ Algorithmic Trading, has so many...

  23. June 21, 2011

    EU funds: Rising wealth will make aid a hard case to plead

    Without the European Union, the Czech Republic would not be preparing to build the most powerful laser in the world. The...

  24. May 27, 2011

    Walesa rejects invitation to meet Obama

    By Jan Cienski, Warsaw Lech Walesa, the leader of the Polish Solidarity labour union that helped break the back of European...

  25. May 19, 2011

    Private equity: Confidence starts to return along with the investors

    Private-equity dealmaking in central and eastern Europe is finally picking up following the crisis but terms are tougher and...

  26. April 19, 2011

    Strong market has regional pull

    About 22 years after the end of Communist party rule, Warsaw is creating an international role for itself in finance. Two...

  27. February 25, 2011

    Developers retreat to relative safety of Poland’s big cities

    Poland has many ugly and decrepit railway stations, and the one in the industrial city of Katowice – dark, damp, and reeking...

  28. December 22, 2010

    Poland finds its feet on European stage

    When David Cameron, the British prime minister, launched a sneak attack on the 2011 European Union budget at a summit of...

  29. December 5, 2010

    FT ranking of European finance ministers 2010

    Discover how Europe’s finance ministers have performed in 2010 against the backdrop of eurozone turmoil with this...

  30. November 29, 2010

    Plans diverge as region makes patchy recovery

    Many emerging markets came through the global economic crisis largely unscathed – but one stark exception was central and...

  31. November 29, 2010

    Politics: New governments dispense tough medicine for voters

    Tough times have a way of concentrating the mind – which is why much of central Europe has turned away from the populism and...

  32. November 29, 2010

    Economy: Exports to Germany help relieve crisis

    Ivan Miklos, the Slovak finance minister, has little doubt as to why his small and open country will notch up one of the...

  33. November 29, 2010

    Banking: Pressure of levies puts brakes on recovery

    Central European banks generally came through the global crisis in a lot better shape than pessimists had predicted, but now...

  34. November 29, 2010

    Chinese investments: Beachhead to west is big attraction

    During the Cold War, central European communists sometimes looked to China as a counterweight to their overbearing Russian...

  35. September 21, 2010

    Nowa Huta: a socialist showpiece forged in hard times

    If any place could give socialist realism a good name it is the planned city of Nowa Huta. With its wide avenues, carefully...

  36. June 29, 2010

    Necas sworn in as Czech PM

    Petr Necas, leader of the Czech Republic's centre-right Civic Democrats, was sworn in as the new prime minister yesterday by...

  37. June 25, 2010

    Higher education: Private universities face lesson in harsh facts of life

    University education has been one of democratic Poland’s biggest successes – training a generation of people who had been...

  38. June 25, 2010

    Taking small steps to play catch-up

    Thirty years ago, anyone standing on Warsaw’s Marchlewski street (named after a Bolshevik hero), would have seen dirty grey...

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