Poland: An Eastern Star Looks Dimmer

But it may be tough enough to weather the slowdown

Polish doctors, paid just $260 a month, picket hospitals in white lab coats, while nurses protest at the Parliament over their meager wages. Both groups had hoped sweeping health-care reform would address their low pay. Farmers, angry at collapsing food prices, block roads into Western Europe, forcing the government to slap tariffs on imported grain, pork, and dairy products. Teachers wave banners demanding better retirement benefits.

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