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Romney visit: Poles disappointed with Obama foreign policy

The idea that America has lost interest in maintaining Poland as its strategic ally in Eastern Europe remains a popular opinion among many Poles.


Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann wave to the crowd at The Gdansk Old Town Hall, in Gdansk, Poland, Monday, July 30.

Charles Dharapak/AP

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Following visits in the United Kingdom and Israel, the next stop in Mitt Romney’s overseas trip is Poland, where he will meet with national politicians, including Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and former president and Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa.

While Mr. Romney is poised to criticize President Obama’s foreign policy in the region as a means of securing the Polish-American vote, local politicians aim to use the visit to draw Washington’s attention to the dwindling relations with Warsaw.

“The US has long been one of Poland’s key allies, but there are a number of issues that the Polish government would like to resolve,” says Marek Jablonowski, professor and director at the Institute of Journalism of the University of Warsaw.


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