Polish memorial proposed for Berlin

WARSAW, Poland, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Germany is seeking Polish support for a memorial to honor ethnic Germans expelled from central and Eastern Europe in the 1940s.

BMD Watch: Olmert backs Iron Dome

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert signaled his strong support for his country's ballistic missile defense development program Tuesday when he took a trip to Rafael Advanced Industries and received an update there on the nation's two premier BMD systems.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

At least 19 dead in Polish air crash

MIROSLAWIEC, Poland, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A low-flying Polish military transport plane crashed into a forest and burst into flames Wednesday night, killing at least 19 people on board, it was reported.

BMD Focus: Turnaround in Seoul -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Lose a key ally on ballistic missile defense, gain a key ally on ballistic missile defense.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

U.S., Polish envoys mull security accord

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Polish Cabinet minister said Washington agreed to consider a security accord with Warsaw in exchange for stationing a U.S. anti-missile defense in Poland.

Poland defense minister visits Washington

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich said his talks in Washington will cover a U.S. plan to build a missile shield system in Central Europe.
President criticizes Polish foreign policy

President criticizes Polish foreign policy

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Poland's president criticized the new prime minister for reportedly yielding to Russian influences on Warsaw's foreign policy moves.

Analysis: U.S. rockets face Polish hurdles

BERLIN, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic may be delayed because Poland wants extra security guarantees. Warsaw also hopes a government change in Washington won't affect the controversial system.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

Poland to deploy more troops to Chad

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Poland's Defense Ministry said it will dispatch two military helicopters and 400 troops to join EU peacekeepers in Chad.

BMD Watch: Lockheed wins PAC-3 contract

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin said Tuesday it had "received contracts totaling $556 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for hardware and services associated with the combat-proven Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile program."
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Focus: Russian ABM warning -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Moscow newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in an editorial Wednesday raised the specter that if the Bush administration succeeds in building a new anti-ballistic missile interceptor base in Poland, it might soon box Russia in with dozens of them.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Polish, Czech PMs mull U.S. missile shield

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his Czech counterpart are working out a joint position on building a U.S. anti-missile shield in Central Europe.

Russian and Poland discuss U.S. missiles

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The Russian deputy foreign minister traveled to Poland to discuss the potential deployment of a U.S. missile shield in Eastern Europe.

Doctors ask Polish president for pay hike

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Doctors' unions urged Polish President Lech Kaczynski to help resolve a pay raise dispute that threatens to cripple the state-run healthcare service.

Poland PM to meet Czechs on U.S. missiles

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Poland's prime minister is set to visit the Czech Republic to discuss a U.S. plan to build a Central European missile shield in the two neighboring states.
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Donald Tusk
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (L) after their meeting at the Oval Office of the White House March 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. Tusk is in Washington to discuss the inclusion of Poland in a U.S. missile defense system with President Bush. (UPI Photo/Alex Wong\POOL)

Donald Franciszek Tusk  ( listen) (born 22 April 1957) is a Polish politician, co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska). He previously served as Vice Marshal (deputy speaker) of the Senate (1997–2001) and Vice Marshal of the Sejm (2001–2005). He also served as Leader of the Opposition (2003–2007). He is the current Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.

Tusk was officially designated as Prime Minister on 9 November 2007 and took office on 16 November. His cabinet won a vote of confidence in the Sejm on 24 November 2007. He is currently second longest serving Prime Minister of the Third Republic of Poland after Jerzy Buzek.

Tusk was born in Gdańsk. Tusk's father, also named Donald Tusk (1930–1972), was a carpenter. Donald Tusk's mother, Ewa Tusk (1934–2009), was a nurse. His uncle, Bronisław Tusk (1935–2000), was a sculptor from Gdańsk. His grandfather Józef Tusk (1907–1987) was a railway official who, as a former citizen of the Free City of Danzig, was compulsorily drafted by German Nazi authorities into the Wehrmacht on 2 August 1944. He deserted a few months later to join the Polish Army in the West on 24 November 1944.

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