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The Presidium of the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ) Tuesday appealed to all who are dissatisfied with the present government to take part in a mass protest in Warsaw on September 24.

According to OPZZ Jerzy Buzek’s government has “exhausted its capabilities and is currently in a state of permanent crisis”.

OPZZ leader Jozef Wiaderny said his organisation did not need permission to stage the protest and would only inform authorities in Warsaw about it to enable police to mark out a feasible route for the demonstration.

Italian foreign minister Lamberto Dini will arrive in Poland on Wednesday evening to discuss EU enlargement, bilateral relations and the situation in the Balkans and to review topical international issues.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Pawel Dobrowolski said Dini will be received by President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. He will also hold talks with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Geremek.

Last May Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek was assured by his Italian counterpart Massimo D’Alema that Italy wanted Poland’s integration with the European Union to be speeded up.

Real Politics Union (UPR) leader Janusz Korwin-Mikke said Tuesday that he planned to buy the popular weekly magazine Wprost for 1.5 million USD.

Korwin-Mikke said the money offered for the magazine was not his and belonged to a “group of businessmen”, whose names he refused to disclose.

Commenting on the current political situation in Poland, Korwin Mikke said farmer leader Andrzej Lepper was carrying out a “planned revolution”.

Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) leader Leszek Miller at a Tuesday sitting of the SLD caucus said that in light of the present government’s low ratings public opinion polls should determine whether Poles wanted earlier elections.

Miller also appealed to the ruling coalition parties Solidarity Election Action (AWS) and Freedom Union (UW) to change their government policy or agree to a change of parliament.

“The public should be given a chance to state whether they accept the current political situation and the present parliament”, Miller said.

Polish and Swedish Defence Ministers Janusz Onyszkiewicz and Bjoern von Sydow opened a seminar on “Cooperation beyond frontiers” in Warsaw on Tuesday. The seminar is accompanied by an exhibition of Swedish arms technology.

“For Poland, Sweden is a natural and a very important partner in economic and defences-related issues. The seminar brings closer to us all that which Sweden has to offer in the field of defence,” Onyszkiewicz said.

Von Sydow expressed the hope for cooperation “in the defences and purchases for the army.” On behalf of the Swedish government he declared support for cooperation of the armies and the defence industries of the two countries.

Compiled from the Polish Press Agency news service

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