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Reuters Joyous – Poland May Turn Anti-US

How is this for a study in objective journalism, from those masters of the art at Reuters:

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks shortly after announcement of first unofficial results of parlimentary elections, in Warsaw.

Europe relieved as Poland’s Kaczynskis lose grip

By Matthew Tostevin

Many European leaders gasped with relief on Monday after Poland’s Kaczynski twins suffered an election defeat that should swing the country’s pro-Washington outlook more towards Brussels.

Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform opposition, a center-right party that plans to patch up relations with Europe and withdraw troops from the U.S.-led force in Iraq, pulled off a crushing victory in a parliamentary election on Sunday.

It is a good signal for Europe. And things will surely get a bit easier between Germany and Poland,” European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering told reporters in Berlin.

“One is always happy when a committed European becomes head of a new government.”

Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski is likely to be replaced by Tusk. His brother Lech, the president, does not face an election until 2010, but pro-EU parties are expected to have enough votes to block his power to veto legislation.

“In terms of style and language the new approach will be completely different. Civic Platform will not make a dramatic change of policy, but they will be most welcome in Europe,” said Lena Bobinska of Warsaw’s Institute of Public Affairs.

Probably the policy will be less pro-American, but they (relations with Washington) don’t have to be worse than before

With a world view rooted in Poland’s suffering at the hands of centuries-old foes Germany and Russia, the Kaczynskis have always made clear they saw the United States as the only ally that matters.

The Civic Platform has said it wants to bring home the 900 Polish troops in Iraq by early next year. It has not said it would end the mission in Afghanistan.

The party has emphasised that it intends to toughen Poland’s negotiating position over plans to site installations for a controversial U.S. “missile shield” on Polish soil — although not to stop those plans…

“Today positive signals are coming from Warsaw about the need to overcome stagnation in relations,” said Vasily Likhachev, deputy chairman of the international affairs committee in the upper house of parliament.

“These signals will result not only in improving dialogue between Moscow and Warsaw but also in improving European dialogue.”

Yes, sir. Just the facts.

There can be no denying that Europe is rabidly anti-American. Just ask Mr. Brown, Ms. Merkel and Mr. Sarkozy.

And how foolish to think there is any need for a missile shield in Europe. The Maginot Line will surely protect them.

And if not that, the Russians will. Just ask any Pole over fifty.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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