March 28, 1992 |
After a lengthy flirtation with the temptations of populist economics, the Polish government has come back down to earth with a budget that meets the stringent demands of its international creditors. The revised budget proposal, announced earlier this week but still not formally adopted by Parliament, holds to an austerity line in several key areas, most notably a pledge to keep a burgeoning government spending deficit within 5% of gross national product.
March 6, 1992 |
For the two months it has been in office, Prime Minister Jan Olszewski's government has operated without an economic policy, although it has been under mounting pressure from its international creditors to devise a credible budget before continuing negotiations on debt relief.
December 24, 1991 |
Poland's two-month-long government crisis ended when Parliament narrowly voted to accept a Cabinet that is likely to loosen the tough economic austerity program of President Lech Walesa. Last week, legislators gave Prime Minister Jan Olszewski a vote of confidence by rejecting his resignation, which he filed after saying his feud with Walesa made it impossible to choose a Cabinet. Ultimately his choices, once rejected, were approved by lawmakers unwilling to prolong the crisis.
December 19, 1991 |
Prime ministerial candidate Jan Olszewski was trudging back to the drawing boards Wednesday, instructed to try again to come up with an acceptable government after the Polish Parliament voted to reject his withdrawal from the office. Olszewski, 61, announced Tuesday that he had given up his efforts to form a government, in the wake of a cool reception by President Lech Walesa to his proposed Cabinet and because the center-right coalition that backed him had fallen apart.
December 18, 1991 |
Eight weeks after this nation's parliamentary elections, the second proposed candidate for prime minister gave up Tuesday on efforts to form a new Polish government and submitted his resignation to Parliament. Jan Olszewski--a 61-year-old lawyer who had been the candidate of a five-party center-right coalition advocating a slower approach to economic reform--blamed his failure on President Lech Walesa's lack of support for his proposed government.
December 6, 1991 |
Bowing finally to the complicated arithmetic of the fractured Polish Parliament, President Lech Walesa on Thursday nominated for prime minister the candidate proposed by a center-right coalition with the largest chunk of votes in the legislature.
November 9, 1991 |
President Lech Walesa on Friday nominated Bronislaw Geremek, a longtime adviser and more recently an adversary, to try to form Poland's next government. Geremek, who has been closely involved with Solidarity since the union was formed in 1980, represents the Democratic Union party, which finished in first place by a narrow margin in the Oct. 27 parliamentary elections. Democratic Union won only 13% of the votes in the splintered voting, which saw 29 parties gain seats in Parliament.
October 30, 1991 |
Poland's President Lech Walesa, moving to create a government capable of decisive economic reform after elections that resulted in a splintered Parliament, proposed Tuesday that he become his own prime minister. Walesa said he expects to form a coalition made up of groups rooted in the Solidarity trade union movement, preferably with himself as prime minister. An alternative, he said, is a government of the seven parties that won the greatest number of votes.
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September 7, 1991 |
The paintings portray a Poland oppressive in its past, uncertain in its present, optimistic of its future. The work of artists Jerzy Wojciech Bielecki and Miroslawa Smerek, a husband-and-wife team from Poland, will be displayed at a convention this weekend of the Polish National Alliance, a 111-year-old nonprofit fraternal and insurance group to help Poles and Polish-Americans.
September 3, 1991
Poland's Sejm (lower house of Parliament) is expected to debate this week a controversial bill that would give the Solidarity government special powers to issue decrees and break a legislative logjam holding up dozens of free-market reforms. The government also plans to ask for constitutional changes strengthening the powers of President Lech Walesa.