Wednesday 24 January 2018

Chris Borowski and Dagmara Leszkowicz:: Will Poland's winding road to economic salvation be side-tracked by Euro 2012?

FANS arriving in Warsaw for the European soccer championships this week will find traffic gridlock, barely finished roads and a series of giant holes where the city's new Metro line should be.

The spanking new motorway west to Berlin - for years a rutted one-lane track - is open, but only thanks to a special law rushed through parliament. There are no gas stations, no exits for miles, and in places it still needs one more layer of asphalt.

But behind the shortfalls, the imperative of getting ready for the tournament has broken down barriers of bureaucracy, corruption and political infighting in the former Soviet bloc country that had blocked projects for years.

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