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Yearbook 2006

Poland. The year began with a disaster, when at least 63 people were killed and over 140 injured outside Katowice, when a snow-filled roof at a trade show collapsed over a letter pigeon show. The hall's owners were accused of neglecting security.

2006 Poland

According to CountryAAH, the fragile Conservative government had major problems during the year. Attempts to announce new elections to obtain a stronger majority, if possible, were unsuccessful. In the spring, therefore, Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz's Party of Law and Justice (PiS) negotiated government cooperation with the left-wing populist Self-Defense and the Nationalist Populist Party of Polish Families (LPR). Both parties had fought against Polish EU membership, but their controversial leader, Self-Defense Andrzej Lepper and LPR's Roman Giertych, each got his post as Deputy Prime Minister. Foreign Minister and EU friend Stefan Meller resigned in protest against the deal with the two disputed politicians, an agreement that was described in Polish media as a pact with the devil. However, reform-friendly Finance Minister Zyta Gilowska remained in the government, which calmed down the business sector somewhat, though not for long. Gilowska was soon forced to resign, after information emerged that she had provided false information about her contacts with the security service during the Communist dictatorship. Prime Minister Marcinkiewicz appointed Pawel Wojciechowski as new finance minister. That decision made Marcinkiewicz regret it. President Lech Kaczyński felt he had not been informed in advance, and a growing conflict between the head of state and the head of government led to Marcinkiewicz filing his resignation. The new Prime Minister's twin brother, PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński was appointed as new Prime Minister. In many circles, concern was expressed that such great power was gathered in one and the same family. President Lech Kaczyński felt he had not been informed in advance, and a growing conflict between the head of state and the head of government led to Marcinkiewicz filing his resignation. The new Prime Minister's twin brother, PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński was appointed as new Prime Minister. In many circles, concern was expressed that such great power was gathered in one and the same family.

Parliament voted in August through one of Kaczyński's core issues, a law that allows the scrutiny of other politicians, officials, journalists and teachers during contacts with the security service during the communist era. Political opponents accused Kaczyński of actually wanting to carry out political purges of unwanted elements, a mirror image of the escaped.

Government cooperation was staggering and in September Andrzej Lepper was dismissed only to be taken to graces a few weeks later. At the end of the year, the opposition demanded Lepper's resignation after a woman stated that she was forced to have sex with the minister.

When in November the EU wanted to open negotiations with Russia on renewed partnership, the Polish government protested. Poland demanded, among other things, that Russia first halted its export of Polish food to the Russian market.

At the end of the year, Poland was again hit by a serious accident with many deaths. Twenty-three workers were killed following a methane explosion in the Halemba mine in the south.

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