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.

Poland, Czech Republic to discuss shield

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Poland and the Czech Republic are pressing ahead with talks on U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in Europe opposed by Russia.

BMD Focus: BMD around the world -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The dramatic progress posted by nations such as the United States, Russia, Israel, Japan, India and even Iran in ballistic missile defense was balanced by the complacency for loss of political will on the issue in many other countries. For every "hare" nation on BMD in 2007, there was also a "tortoise."
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Polish vicar resists in-vitro insemination

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The archbishop of Lublin, Poland, has added his voice to the Catholic church's opposition to in-vitro fertilization.

Poland wants to improve German relations

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Polish government foreign policy expert said Germany and Poland should sign a document on improving their bilateral relations.

Poland PM seeks U.S. missile guarantees

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Poland's prime minister is seeking a U.S. guarantee a European missile defense system will serve Polish national security interests.

Poland to pull troops from Iraq

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Poland plans to withdraw its 900 troops from Iraq by the end of October 2008.

Polish, German leaders open visa-free zone

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the expansion of the EU passport-free zone should wipe out remaining mental borders of the Cold War era.

Poland former PM opposes pullout from Iraq

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Poland's former prime minister characterized a new Cabinet's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq by October as a mistake.

Russia lifts 2-year ban on Polish meat

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Poland and Russia signed a memorandum lifting Moscow's ban on imports of Polish meat, a move expected to improve ties between the two countries.

Poland leaders in a row over Iraq pullout

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Poland's president and prime minister are still at odds over the date when Polish troops would be withdrawn from Iraq, a Cabinet minister said.

Polish troops deployed in Chad by mid-2008

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The Polish military command Friday said a contingent of 350 soldiers and army employees including doctors will be deployed in Chad by mid-2008.

Poland: Fast growing economy needs reform

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Despite its fast growing economy, Poland needs reforms that will reduce government red tape to make doing business easier in the country.

BMD Focus: Polish base and Hill deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- After months of going to and fro, Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress agreed last week not to kill the Bush administration's controversial plan to build an anti-ballistic missile defense base in Poland, but to hem it in with more restrictions.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
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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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