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Westerwelle praises Poland's 'vote for Europe'

The Local · 10 Oct 2011, 13:17

Published: 10 Oct 2011 13:17 GMT+02:00

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In a rare commentary on a foreign election, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who had criticised Polish opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski for claiming during the campaign that Germany aimed to again subjugate Poland, said the poll had reaffirmed bilateral ties.

Without naming the winner, Prime Minister Donald Tusk's centrist Civic Platform party, Westerwelle said: "One can say based on the projected result that Poland voted for Europe and that is also good news for us as German neighbours."

A foreign ministry spokesman added that the result showed that the attempt to "stir up anti-German sentiment during the campaign was patently unsuccessful".

The spokesman added that Westerwelle saw German-Polish ties as a top priority of his foreign policy and would visit Poland this week.

Kaczynski, who heads the conservative Law and Justice party and was Poland's prime minister in 2006-2007, wrote in a new book that Merkel "represents the generation of German politicians who want to rebuild German imperial power."

"A strategic axis with Moscow is part of that and Poland can only be an obstacle to it," Kaczynski said in "The Poland of Our Dreams."

He also insinuated that the despised Stasi intelligence service of communist East Germany, where Merkel grew up, somehow orchestrated her rise to power.

Westerwelle said last week that he was confident Kaczynski did not speak for most Poles.

Near-complete results showed Tusk's Civic Platform obtaining 206 seats in the country's 460-member chamber, down from 208 in the outgoing parliament.

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Junior coalition partner the Polish People's Party scored 30, down from 31. The combined 236 seats were three less than the coalition's previous majority.

PiS, led by Kaczynski, obtained 157 seats, improving on its previous score of 146.


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14:02 October 10, 2011 by aletheia93
Civic Platform= raise taxes, cut the welfare, invest in football pitches, be clerical and pro-zionist, support the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop funding of science, do not understand the concept of knowledge and technology based industry, less transparency, more corruption, sexist, homophobic, populist, increase of ineffective public sector administration, lower standards of education, collapse of universities and intellectuals.

As an example: a one km of the highway in Poland costs three times more than in more. ( A quality of Germans highways is much more superior). The EU funding is swallowed by governmental and private ( though related to politics) consultation bodies. You pay for that too !!!! Do not be fooled by a nice image This is a path of Greece, Portugal and Ireland. I do not support Kaczynski. The biggest winner of elections in Poland is PALIKOT MOVEMENT. I give PALIKOT MOVEMENT a credit and I hope they will pave the way to build a really modern Poland.
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