russia has re-inserted itself as the foreign policy issue of the moment. poland’s president, lech kaczynski, released information to a polish news outlet following his converation with u.s. president elect barack obama saying the u.s. will continue with plans regarding the missle-defense/shield for eastern europe. while obama’s people say he has not made a commitment.
up until about a year ago, the positions of prime minister and president in poland were occupied by the identical kaczynski twins. from 2005, he has been the president of poland, having initially run as a member of the far right law and justice party which he co-founded with is brother.
the office of president in poland is primarily a ceremonial role. the prime minister, donald tusk, is the head of state.