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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

      Who’s who: Big names from past – where are they now?

      Lech Walesa Thirty years ago, Lech Walesa was a 36-year-old electrician who had been fired from the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk...

    38. June 25, 2010

      Banking: Lending picks up in line with economy

      Pawel Gierynski saw a potentially lucrative but risky opportunity for his investment fund, helping in a management buy-out...

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