Poland: The Pain And The Gain

On Nowy Swiat Street in Warsaw, elegant new boutiques selling Christian Dior perfume and Italian shoes are jam-packed with customers. Shoppers stop and ogle the Mercedes and Porsches at glistening showrooms. And private restaurants abound, from a pink neon pizza parlor to an Arabian caravansary with doormen in flowing red robes. Even the drab, Stalin-era Palace of Culture is bustling with shops offering everything from tennis rackets to refrigerators. It's an incredible change for the Eastern European economy once labeled one of the least likely to succeed.

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