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Donald Tusk vows to lure back Poles from UK


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Donald Tusk vows to lure back Poles from UK

By Harry de Quetteville in Warsaw

Last Updated: 2:43am BST 23/10/2007

Poland's new government vowed yesterday to mend relations with its European neighbours and lure expatriates back from Britain.

With nearly all the votes counted, Civic Platform, the pro-business opposition party led by Donald Tusk, won a projected 209 seats in the 460-seat parliament. It is expected to form a coalition with the Polish Peasants Party, which has a projected 31 seats.

The ruling conservative Law and Justice Party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the prime minister, and his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, won 166 seats.

Civic Platform's decisive victory drew cheers in Brussels but some concern in Washington as Mr Tusk pledged to strengthen ties with the European Union but rethink Warsaw's military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He will also review plans to site part of the controversial US missile defence shield on Polish soil. Mr Tusk said that the Kaczynskis' single-minded defence of national interests had done more harm than good.

"One gets the impression in Poland today that the Jaroslaw Kaczynski government was not very successful in dealing with the task of securing good relations with Russia and Germany," he said in an interview.

He has also promised to cut taxes to boost the Polish economy and persuade the more than one million Poles who have moved to Britain and Ireland in search of jobs to return home.

Expatriates as well as young urban voters in Poland turned out in unprecedented numbers to end Law and Justice's two-year grip on power. The turnout reached almost 54 per cent — the highest level since the fall of Communism in 1989.

Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, hailed "the European spirit of the Polish people," in the wake of the result.

Full story, Source: The Telegraph

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He'll have a hell of a job getting expats from poland to return home, in Poland the average monthly salary is just 460 euros thats £319, a pole in the UK can earn £319 aweek downsouth, especially if hes a plumber, the poles in the UK have had a lot of stick lately, but im happy with the poles, its shame the middle east countries dont try and get their expats to return home,

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Good for them to rid of (altough partially) of those dammed twins. Their obtused conservatism and ultra-religionsim have done a great deal of damage to Poland.

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