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From Solidarity to super yachts: Gdansk's historic shipyards try to stay afloat updated: Tue May 29 2012 01:51:00

During the 1970s and '80s it was said that what happened in Gdansk moved the world.

The soldier and the shipyard workerupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 08:24:00

One was the archetypal military strongman, intent on maintaining the social order and saving his country from "catastrophe." The other was a charismatic shipyard electrician and trade union leader who was just as determined to lead his countrymen to freedom.

The revolution beginsupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 08:24:00

In 1989 revolution swept through the Eastern Bloc. Poland's Solidarity movement was the first to challenge communism.

Charming Gdansk full of 20th-century historyupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 12:38:00

Standing at the end of Gdansk's long wooden pier, I realize that I can see two of the most important sites in 20th-century history: the spit of land where World War II began and the shipyard where the Cold War started its long and gradual final act.

Poland: From Soviet satellite to 'Tiger of Europe'updated: Sat May 30 2009 07:26:00

Leszek Balcerowicz, Poland's former finance minister, recently said his country is enjoying "its best period in 300 years." CNN looks at how the country emerged from communism to become one of eastern Europe's most stable and thriving democracies.

Life after communismupdated: Tue May 19 2009 06:08:00

Leszek Balcerowicz, Poland's former finance minister, recently said his country is enjoying "its best period in 300 years." CNN looks at how the country emerged from communism to become one of eastern Europe's most stable and thriving democracies.

Eye on Poland (English)updated: Tue May 19 2009 06:08:00

CNN's Antonia Mortensen previews what's coming up in a special week of CNN programming on Poland.

Solidarity shipyard seeks rescueupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 22:25:00

Poland's Gdansk shipyard, the birthplace of the anti-communist Solidarity movement, has submitted a last-ditch rescue plan to prevent its closure.

On this day in historyupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 04:45:00

1908: Bulgaria proclaims its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Review: Hearing the lightupdated: Mon Jan 23 2006 10:13:00

"Eternal light" sounds serenely stable, doesn't it? And in the liturgy of the traditional Requiem, or Mass for the dead, it's usually just that.

Cuba dissidents plan historic meetingupdated: Thu May 19 2005 16:51:00

Workmen Thursday were putting the final touches on tile floors and toilets built in the back yard of a Cuban dissident, the venue for what would be -- if police don't stop it -- an unprecedented meeting of opponents of Cuba's communist government.

Top 25: Fascinating peopleupdated: Mon May 02 2005 09:24:00

Ronald Reagan was the most fascinating person of the last quarter-century, according to a Top 25 list compiled by CNN and editors at Time magazine. The world of politics is also home to many others who made the list.

Clergy, dignitaries pay respects to popeupdated: Sun Apr 03 2005 01:42:00

Cardinals, archbishops and diplomatic dignitaries solemnly filled the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace to pay their respects Sunday to Pope John Paul II, his body dressed in red and white papal robes with his bishop's staff under one arm.

After 26-year reign, pontiff dies at 84updated: Sat Apr 02 2005 14:58:00

Pope John Paul II was remembered Saturday as a "champion of human freedom," a "tireless advocate of peace" and a man with a "wonderful sense of humor" who was easy to talk to.

Fortune: THAT HIGHLY PRESTIGIOUS CRYSTAL OWL AWARDupdated: Mon Mar 04 1996 00:01:00

In Steve Forbes's official campaign biography, just before the part where he helps Lech Walesa free Poland, comes a section where he establishes his economic credentials:

Fortune: TRAVEL TIPS YOUR BARGAIN CHRISTMAS IN EASTERN EUROPEupdated: Mon Oct 19 1992 00:01:00

U.S. vacationers get value for their dollar in the three countries portrayed here. General advice: Bring phrase books and remember that German, not English, is the dominant second language. Count o...

Fortune: NOW HEAR THIS updated: Mon Jan 14 1991 00:01:00

-- LECH WALESA, 47, President-elect, on Poland's political future: ''I expect that at least three Prime Ministers and three governments will fall over the next five years.''

Fortune: TODAY'S LEADERS LOOK TO TOMORROW MANAGING MAX DEPREE IT'S NOT WHAT YOU PREACH BUT HOW YOU BEHAVEupdated: Mon Mar 26 1990 00:01:00

Most people come to work well prepared, well motivated, and wanting to reach their potential. A primary issue for the Nineties will be helping managers to understand that it's not their job to supe...

Fortune: NOW HEAR THIS updated: Mon Dec 18 1989 00:01:00

KENNETH H. OLSEN, 63, founder and president of Digital Equipment, on what priority the U.S. should give to technological leadership in supercomputers: ''Supercomputers are important, but they don't...

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