August 31, 1991 |
Poland's prime minister made a surprise offer to resign Friday after the former Communists and their allies who control the Parliament sharply criticized his austerity policies. Lawmakers in the Sejm, the lower house of Parliament, voted 209 to 65 to delay until today a decision on dissolving the 8-month-old government of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki. Bielecki said he would not stay on in a caretaker capacity if the resignation were accepted.
January 4, 1989 |
Poland will cut tens of thousands of people from its military and reduce the percentage of national income spent on defense because of decreasing East-West tensions, Defense Minister Florian Siwicki was quoted as saying Tuesday.
June 6, 1992 |
A 33-year-old farmer became Poland's prime minister Friday and promised a Cabinet committed to resuming the country's stalled political and economic reforms. Waldemar Pawlak, leader of the Polish Peasants Party, was voted in by Parliament, 261 to 149, just hours after President Lech Walesa submitted Pawlak's nomination. Parliament late Friday had fired Prime Minister Jan Olszewski.
August 8, 1992 |
Workers at one of Poland's two auto plants are striking for a 150% pay raise. The government budget deficit has spiraled to double the relative size of the massive U.S. deficit. Members of as many as 20 parties are clawing for power in Parliament. Yet for all that, things have rarely looked so bright here since Poland led Eastern Europe's revolt against communism in 1989.
December 28, 2001
TheOnion.com, the satirical online weekly that often captures through grandiose exaggeration of life's mundanities the precise ridiculousness of passing news moments, once ran an observant headline: "Just Six Corporations Remain." To those who don't follow every move in these corporate gobblings, that assertion has seemed too true in recent weeks. Company couplings are down slightly this year (about 8,040 in 2001 versus 10,800 in 2000), but the perceived scale is larger.
June 22, 2003 |
When the Pentagon proudly announced last week that more and more countries have been signing up to send peacekeeping troops to Iraq, one fact drew little attention: U.S. taxpayers will be paying a fair chunk of the bill. As it has sought to spread the peacekeeping burden, the Bush administration has agreed to help underwrite the participation of such countries as Poland, Ukraine, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.