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Europe’s star?

This year's Euro 2012 host has been untouched by the financial crisis, but for Poland, success has not come without strain

By Sam Knight   May 2012

Chuck Norris, a cult figure in Poland, advertises bank services. A cautious financial culture helped the nation avoid the worst of the crisis

Flying into Rzeszów on a clear day, the company name “Zelmer” appears in bold letters across a vast factory roof, surrounded by acres of birch trees. Last summer, after 60 years in a warren of old workshops in the middle of the city, an unshowy city in southeastern Poland, the company moved into a purpose-built plant on the edge of town. While manufacturers in almost every other corner of Europe have spent recent years desperately cutting costs,…

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