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“That’s 70 million bucks,” declares Marek Darecki, the president of Polish aerospace company, wsk Rzeszów, pointing at a photograph of the day the American firm United Technologies (utc) bought his company in 2002. “The government sold it in a very beautiful way,” he says, “No experiments. No quasi-public ventures. We just went private.”

Shortly after his company was turned over to the US conglomerate, Darecki came up with his region’s success story. “I remember, I was here one winter night in this very office and I thought, ‘How can we make this…


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