Ukraine hopes to follow Poland's example
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#1 Jun 5, 2014
The Solidarity trade union movement and its iconic leader, Lech Walesa, who sat next to Harper at Wednesday's celebrations in Warsaw, began in the 1980s to demand radical change. Particularly outside the Polish capital, there are still crumbling Soviet-era tenements, rusting infrastructure and decrepit factories. But the Polish economy has been largely transformed since joining the EU. Scores of leading western companies have invested in state-of-theart plants across Poland and the economy looks as if it has jumped ahead of those of Greece, Italy and Spain.
It's not only because of western investment that Poland has changed. Millions of Poles have taken advantage of the right to work in EU countries such as Britain, sending home remittances that have topped up an economy now relentlessly focused on opportunities in the West rather than obeying diktats from Moscow to trade with dysfunctional Eastern Bloc markets.
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Ellesmere Port, UK
#2 Jun 6, 2014
Managing change properly is the key to success.
Central Europe sometimes likes to dwell on the past a tad too much. Positive thought is sometimes sadly missing.
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