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Eye on Poland: Country at the crossroads

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  • CNN turns spotlight on Poland during week of special coverage starting Oct. 6
  • "Eye on Poland" series examines one of Europe's most dynamic countries
  • Series focuses on business, politics, pop culture, sport, stag weekends
  • CNN viewers encouraged to submit their views on what makes Poland unique
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(CNN) -- A nation with a proud past and promising future -- Poland's influence on the global stage is growing. A driving force in the new Europe with a skilled workforce spreading its influence beyond its borders and an economy increasingly attractive to foreign investors -- Poland is making its mark.

"Eye on Poland: Country at the Crossroads" is a week-long CNN International series focusing on the color and contrast of one of Europe's fastest developing nations; from business and politics to pop culture.

CNN offers a series of wide-ranging reports on this complex country tackling a time of transition; from Warsaw to Sopot, to Gdansk, Krakow and Lodz.

Solidarity Avenue, the Chopin Monument, and the Palace of Culture and Science are just some of the backdrops for CNN's live broadcasts during a week of programming hosted from Warsaw by Fionnuala Sweeney.

The week will include reports from around Poland by correspondents Diana Magnay, Phil Black and Zain Verjee. European Political Editor Robin Oakley and U.S. Affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty will also feature prominently in the coverage.

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CNN's flagship business programme -- Business International -- will concentrate each evening on the personalities and companies driving the economy at home and abroad.

CNN is encouraging viewer participation -- on-air and online -- by seeking people's thoughts from inside and outside Poland.

Viewers and users will be asked to send their videos, pictures and comments via the Eye on Poland Web site on what makes Poland and its people unique. Video Watch CNN's Antonia Mortensen pose a series of questions around Eye on Poland »

In particular, CNN is keen to hear your thoughts on the following:

1. As the country pushes towards the future, what from Poland's past must not be forgotten?

2. What do you think most defines Poland's reputation around the world?

3. Since Poland joined the European Union in 2004, what "new" cultures is the country embracing?

4. Who are Poland's most influential people?

5. What do you think is unique or distinctive about the Poles?

"We want to hear people's views on Poland and we'll use the best on air and online," says Mike McCarthy, CNN International's vice president of coverage and feature programming. E-mail us with your answers.

"We're looking forward to some distinctive programming where viewers and users can have their say on how this country has transformed itself in recent years. As our first Central European destination, this marks an exciting addition to the 'Eye on...' strand."

The "Eye On" series has traveled around the world visiting France, Russia, India, South Korea, China, South Africa, Brazil and Lebanon.

Eye on Poland
Fionnuala Sweeney reports from Warsaw Oct. 6-10: 0700, 0800, 0900, 1100, 1400 ALL TIMES GMT
Poland: Country at the Crossroads
Saturday Oct. 11: 1330, 1730; Sunday Oct. 12: 0130, 0630, 2330 ALL TIMES GMT

Daily Coverage

Monday Oct. 6 -- Poland: A New Era Begins: Find out why Poland is becoming more strategically important on the global stage and how it is preparing for its moment in the spotlight as co-host of the 2012 European soccer championships. Glimpse unexpected aspects of Polish life -- from the "fast and the furious" street racers of Lodz to the multinationals making Poland a manufacturing hub for some of world's leading brands.

Tuesday Oct. 7 -- Poland: Booming Business: A look at Polish business as the zloty strengthens against the dollar, as Poles return to Poland in an improving home economy, and as Poland takes on the new role of an immigrant destination, this time for Indians and Ukrainians. We ask how Poland has brought about this changing business dynamic which now finds itself home to one of the world's fastest growing stock exchanges, and the ninth most attractive real estate market in the world.

Wednesday Oct. 8 -- Poland: Strategic Ties: What are Poland's international allegiances? What is the nation's strategic importance to the U.S.? How does it now define its relationship with neighboring Russia and interpret the historical legacy left by the influence of the former Soviet giant? How has the political game changed since its accession to the European Union and taking on an active role in NATO?

Thursday Oct. 9 -- Poland: Springs to Life: CNN seeks out what defines Poland culturally: from the beauty spot of Sopot dubbed "the Pearl of the Baltic," to a booming brewery industry which will leave you thirsty for more.


Friday Oct. 10 -- Poland by the Poles: From the youth studying at Krakow University to the immigrant Poles living in Brooklyn -- New York's "Little Poland" -- we hear from Poles around the world. We also look at Poles who've made it on the international sports stage.

Saturday-Sunday Oct. 11-12: The programming culminates in a half-hour special -- "Eye on Poland: Country at the Crossroads."

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