Pole Position: Uncle Sam arriving in numbers as President Duda begins second term

Pole Position with Agaton Koziński and Łukasz Jasina examines the agreement on deployment of US troops in Poland and at President Andrzej Duda beginning his second term.

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The location of the headquarters of the V Corps of the US Army is the crowning achievement of our process to have more US troops here in Poland, Mariusz Błaszczak, the Polish Defence Minister said as he met General James McConville, the Chief of Staff of the US Army and Lieutenant General John Kolasheski, the commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division. The US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper earlier confirmed that a significant part of the recently re-established V Corps of the US Army from Fort Knox, Kentucky, would be deployed to Poland as part of the redistribution of forces from Germany, once a burden-sharing deal had been signed with Warsaw. The deal to enhance the presence of US troops in Poland was struck at a June 24 meeting at the White House between the US and Polish presidents, Donald Trump and Andrzej Duda.

President Andrzej Duda has taken the oath of office for the second time. He has done so after his election victory was validated by the Supreme Court. His second term will last for five years and will be his final term in office. The Polish constitution allows only two terms as head of state. The presidency in Poland is not an executive one. The President is head of state and the armed forces. He has the power of veto over legislation, the power of pardon and the power to appoint senior judges. But he cannot dismiss a government or dissolve parliament at will. Since he comes from the same party as the government much will depend on how his relations with the PM and ruling party leader Jarosław Kaczyński evolve.

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