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  1. July 4, 2014

    Poland’s central bank chief Marek Belka on crises and secret tapes

    It is a rainy, early weekday morning in Warsaw, but outside the downtown flat of Marek Belka, governor of Poland’s central...

  2. June 24, 2014

    A shadowy conspiracy that saps Poland’s strength

    Three weeks ago Poland proudly celebrated the 25th anniversary of its 1989 elections that marked a turning point in the cold...

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  1. Central & eastern Europe: Banking and Finance 2013

    The shadows that gathered last year have started to recede. The banking sector has sho...
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  1. The World

    June 16, 2014

    Poland's “tape affair” has echoes of Italy

    Poland has made such impressive progress since the end of communism in 1989 that its political elite like to think of their...

  2. June 16, 2014

    Poland’s prime minister defends bank governor

    Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk on Monday resisted calls for his government to resign and said he saw no evidence of...

  3. beyondbrics

    March 4, 2014

    Crimea invasion revives thoughts of euro for Poland

    Nothing like a foreign policy crisis to concentrate the mind. Poland’s potential adoption of the euro, which had been pushed...

  4. December 13, 2013

    Japanese industrial production rises

    Industrial activity in Japan beat expectations in November as manufacturers continued to benefit from a falling yen....

  5. beyondbrics

    October 22, 2013

    Poland's recovery: still on track?

    The numbers are not head-turners, but the latest retail sales data out of Poland show the country continuing a steady, if...

  6. beyondbrics

    June 25, 2013

    Poland's economy showing signs of life

    Polish retail sales grew in May according to figures released on Tuesday, in a sign that growth in the Polish economy is...

  7. beyondbrics

    June 11, 2013

    Poland's intervention, explained

    Poland’s central bank said on Tuesday it simply wished to avoid sharp swings in the value of the zloty after it surprised...

  8. beyondbrics

    June 5, 2013

    Poland cuts rates - again

    With Poland’s economy slowing rapidly the central bank on Wednesday cut interest rates by a quarter point to a record low of...

  9. May 9, 2013

    Monetary union: Eurozone membership pros and cons

    Czech Republic The Czech Republic is cautious about joining the euro, with political elites on both the left and the right...

  10. beyondbrics

    May 8, 2013

    Poland's rate cut: start of a new cycle?

    Poland’s slowing economy prompted the central bank’s Monetary Policy Council to cut rates by a quarter point to a record low...

  11. beyondbrics

    February 25, 2013

    Poland: more shopping, fewer jobs

    Both pessimists and optimists have something to chew on in the latest data release on the Polish economy. Retail sales...

  12. beyondbrics

    February 20, 2013

    Further reading: freedom of the skies

    Wednesday’s picks from the beyondbrics team: what Tunisia’s newest airline demonstrates about business after the Arab...

  13. FT Alphaville

    February 19, 2013

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Tuesday, - Are the largest firms insulated from exchange rate movements? - A war declaration on trolls. -...

  14. beyondbrics

    January 9, 2013

    Poland cuts rates to boost growth

    embed1 As expected, the Polish central bank on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest rate for the third month in a row –...

  15. January 6, 2013

    Central bank hails end to Polish austerity

    The time for Polish austerity is over, Poland’s central bank governor has declared, saying central Europe’s largest economy...

  16. beyondbrics

    November 30, 2012

    Poland: slower growth - bigger cut?

    Poland’s economy slowed by more than expected in the third quarter, growing by an annual 1.4 per cent compared to 2.3 per...

  17. Money Supply

    November 9, 2012

    Poland's Marek Belka on limits of 'orthodox' monetary policy

    Marek Belka (right) with José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission. Image by Getty The debate over monetary...

  18. October 1, 2012

    Polish rate cut hopes boost zloty

    The Polish zloty gained ground on Monday amid expectations that Poland could become the latest eastern European country to...

  19. beyondbrics

    April 5, 2012

    Poland: the hawks gather

    The hawkish tone of Poland’s interest rate setting monetary policy council is creating alarm among analysts, who worry that...

  20. beyondbrics

    March 30, 2012

    Western banks cast gloom over CEE

    A quick look at the balance sheets of banks in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland would reveal well-funded institutions...

  21. beyondbrics

    January 27, 2012

    Polish GDP growth: can it last?

    embed1 Some good news from Europe amid all the gloom. Poland’s GDP grew at 4.3 per cent last year, according to figures...

  22. November 25, 2011

    Corrections: Marek Belka

    ● In a web reference on November 17 Marek Belka, governor of the National Bank of Poland, was incorrectly referred to as...

  23. FT Alphaville

    November 17, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis, and other offerings from Thursday’s FT, John Gapper: A better way to occupy Wall Street It is time for...

  24. November 16, 2011

    Europe cannot endure a rift between ins and outs

    European leaders have shown growing realism and responsibility over the crisis, but their efforts will be of no avail if...

  25. November 16, 2011

    Moody’s puts Polish bank under review

    Moody’s on Wednesday placed Poland’s second-largest bank, Pekao, under review, following its decision this week to downgrade...

  26. beyondbrics

    November 7, 2011

    Poland: cracking down on tax loopholes

    Polish savers are going to have to work a little harder to squeeze a higher return out of their money – as the finance...

  27. November 4, 2011

    Poland pledges commitment to euro

    At a time of crisis in the eurozone and fears for the future of the single currency, Poland, one of the European Union’s...

  28. beyondbrics

    November 3, 2011

    Poland: still loving the eurozone

    With rising fears that Greece may be headed for the eurozone’s exits, it is heartening to see someone banging on the door to...

  29. beyondbrics

    September 22, 2011

    Zloty: another EM currency takes a dive

    Poland may have some of the most solid fiscal indicators in the European Union, but that is not saving it from being savaged...

  30. beyondbrics

    September 9, 2011

    Poland's zloty: falling and falling

    Poland’s zloty is bearing the brunt of investor fears about emerging markets, with the currency falling against the euro,...

  31. June 29, 2011

    Economic overview: Government cuts deficit as outlook stays bright

    When the economic crisis hit, Marek Perendyk, chief executive of Centrum Klima, a ventilation and air-conditioning systems...

  32. June 29, 2011

    Optimism is keynote for nation

    Poland has enjoyed a recent run of good fortune, and the lucky streak still seems to have some legs left. The threat of...

  33. beyondbrics

    June 15, 2011

    Polish inflation: increasingly political

    Poland avoided the worst of the global economic crisis. But, with figures published on Thursday showing May’s inflation...

  34. June 12, 2011

    Eastern Europe pushes back euro adoption

    Ask Traian Basescu, Romania’s president, when the country plans to join the euro, and his answer is adamant. The target date...

  35. June 12, 2011

    Poland says it is committed to euro

    Poland is confident that the single currency will survive and remains committed to joining the euro, despite the turmoil...

  36. beyondbrics

    June 8, 2011

    Poland: doves fly in?

    The Polish central bank will take a pause from its recent round of interest rate hikes, Marek Belka, the bank’s governor,...

  37. May 11, 2011

    Poland raises interest rates to 4.25%

    Poland’s central bank surprised markets on Wednesday by continuing its monetary tightening policy, raising the benchmark...

  38. beyondbrics

    April 21, 2011

    Poland: Fighting inflation with currency

    Soaring inflation, ballooning public debt – what’s a government to do? In Poland, where the ruling Civic Platform party will...

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