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Europe Briefing

— Global


Relations between Poland and Russia thaw, the new get-out-of-jail card for pious prisoners in Georgia, plus Malta's version of the World Cup - for nations that don't exist.

Bronislaw Komorowski, Donald Tusk, Gozo, Vladimir Putin

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Poland elects a new president on 20 June and whoever gets the job will be leading a country whose international relations could suddenly shift as a result of the aeroplane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski. The tragic death of Kaczynski in April, along with his wife and a whole cohort of senior Polish politicians, brought Poland suddenly closer to its mighty and menacing neighbour.

The image that resonated at Kaczynski’s funeral was that of the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, offering…


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