November 6, 1995 |
Polish President Lech Walesa, whose political standing had plunged so low that he once contemplated not seeking reelection, apparently forged ahead in a crowded field of candidates Sunday to qualify for a runoff vote against the popular leader of Poland's reformed Communists.
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June 13, 2001 |
Since the publication last year of Jan Thomasz Gross' book on the murder in July 1941 of as many as 1,600 Jews by their neighbors in the Polish town of Jedwabne, many Poles have either denied the evidence or maintained that the killers were Germans, not Poles.
January 17, 2002 |
The presidents of Russia and Poland, both former Communists, declared a new era of friendlier ties Wednesday after a decade of tension between their two countries. "I firmly believe that the difficult period of the 1990s is over," Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said at a joint news conference with Russia's Vladimir V. Putin.
August 5, 2000 |
A much-criticized law designed to expose Communist-era collaborators with the secret police has ensnared both President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former President Lech Walesa in special court hearings to judge whether they were spies. Both men--who are among 12 candidates in a presidential election set for Oct. 8--vehemently deny the allegations, and in both cases, evidence so far made public appears flimsy. Hearings are scheduled for both men next week.
November 20, 1995 |
President Lech Walesa, the hard-nosed shipyard electrician who helped topple the Communist regime in Poland, was in danger of being toppled himself by a former member of the regime in a runoff election Sunday. "If it happens, I will start singing, 'God, give us back our free homeland,' " said Solidarity trade union leader Marian Krzaklewski, on the verge of tears as early election results showed Walesa narrowly losing.
October 7, 2000 |
President Aleksander Kwasniewski, speaking to a crowd of supporters plus a few hecklers at a recent campaign rally in this city's Old Town Square, mixed his typically all-inclusive message with carefully nuanced jabs at his critics.
October 20, 2000 |
After he won reelection in a first-round knockout, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and his popular wife, Jolanta Kwasniewska, appeared at a victory rally with jubilant supporters, some of whom shouted out hopes that she will be his successor five years from now. "The presidency in this country is democratic, not dynastic," Kwasniewski, 45, responded at the event earlier this month, while going on to thank his wife as "a great support in difficult moments."
October 16, 1997 |
President Aleksander Kwasniewski said he will officially appoint Jerzy Buzek, a longtime Solidarity activist committed to privatization and social reform, to be Poland's next prime minister on Friday, the day Poland's new constitution goes into effect.
March 23, 2003 |
President Aleksander Kwasniewski said early elections may be needed if Premier Leszek Miller fails to keep Poland on course for joining the European Union in a referendum less than three months away. Miller has been shaken by allegations of corruption involving political allies. A parliamentary inquiry heard that he did not inform prosecutors about an alleged attempt by a friend to solicit a $17.5-million bribe from a newspaper.
March 27, 2004 |
Prime Minister Leszek Miller announced that he will step down the day after Poland joins the European Union on May 1, taking the blame for his government's low popularity. The government has been hurt by high unemployment, a drive for unpopular spending cuts and corruption scandals involving party officials. President Aleksander Kwasniewski, who accepted Miller's decision, expressed confidence that the resignation would help political stability.