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Poland - symbol of regional stability, resolve

It's the only European nation to see growth in every quarter since 2008, with its GDP now 25% above levels then

STANDING OUT: Huge malls and gleaming stores dot Warsaw's landscape. Poland has maintained solid growth rates, attracting considerable investment and using its relative economic strength to build clout within the EU.

Rzgow, Poland

TO the east, Russian aggression has paralysed Ukraine's hope for faster economic development. To the south, Hungary flirts with authoritarianism and still struggles to climb out of the last recession. To the north, Lithuania and the other Baltic States are being squeezed by