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The Promised Land For Poles Today? Poland

Western European employers had hoped for a flood of new qualified workers from the new E.U. member states of Eastern Europe. And though requests jumped as soon as the last barriers were lifted, more and more from Poland and elsewhere are deciding to stay

Gdansk (Michael Cavén)
Gdansk (Michael Cavén)
Ulrich Krökel

GDANSK - Mateusz Lipczynski has seen the world. He worked for several years as a software developer in southern Germany and Switzerland. Later, he spent time in London and then New Zealand. But now the 34-year-old has settled on one thing for his future: he never again wants to live permanently outside his native Poland. "Here, I have my family, my friends, my language," says the young man.

Lipczynski is an ideal worker. Employers in Switzerland and Germany want him just as much as Polish businesses. The eloquent computer scientist is highly qualified: well educated, dedicated, and open-minded, but also modest and socially entrenched.

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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