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What the newspapers say: April 12, 2010

de V.O.     HotNews.ro
Luni, 12 aprilie 2010, 11:29 English | Press Review

The plane crash that has led to the death of many representatives of Poland's elite is covered extensively by Romanian newspapers on Monday, as they pay attention to the implications of the events on regional politics and economy. As the official inquiry on the crash is still developing, newspapers note the Polish solidarity, dig out stories of how Romanian ex-dictator was one step from having a similar fate and more.

Adevarul quotes two analysts who believe that what people believe about the accident in Russia on Saturday, in which the Polish President and many other officials died, might end up being more important than the what the official inquiry would say. It quotes Fiodor Lukyanov, editor of the Russia in World Affairs magazine, who says that even if the hypothesis of a pilot error is confirmed officially, there would always be voices claiming it was the had of KGB.

The paper also quotes Russian researcher Arseny Roginsky saying that anti-Russian feelings in Poland would be even stronger following the events no matter what political leaders in Moscow or Warsaw say.

The same paper analyzes separately why Poland has felt the economic crisis less seriously than other countries in the region such as Romania and Hungary. It points out that three distinct economic models have developed among the ten new EU member countries for the past two decades And shows that the winners in efforts to overcome the economic crisis are Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, partly due to their control over current account deficits, low level of debt and stable exchange rates in the case of Slovenia.

Meanwhile, Evenimentul Zilei reads that the Polish solidarity was revived by the tragedy in Smolensk. It comments that the Polish democracy proved its stability in the wake of the accident as state structures have continued their activities despite the death of many top officials in the accident.

The paper also reports that hundreds of people in Bucharest paid their respects at the Polish Embassy to Romania over the weekend while the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in Romania organized ceremonies and sent messages of solidarity with the Polish people.

Romania libera, for its part, recalls "strange coincidences" between the plane crash this weekend and another place accident which also occurred in Russia, involving Romania's ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. It reads that in November 1957, a top level Romanian delegation flying to Moscow was involved in a controversial plane accident which Ceausescu survived unharmed.

And Gandul publishes a report on why the Defense Ministry in Romania was interested in acquiring a new Air Force One for Romania's president. It reports that the four heads of states of post-communist Romania have been traveling the world on the same 34 year old Boeing 707. The tragedy in Russia this weekend has revived debates on the need of a new plane for Romania's president, the paper reads.
























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