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Obama praises Poland, vows to defend Eastern Europe
Obama praises Poland, vows to defend Eastern Europe

President Obama held up the success of a post-Communist Poland as a model for aspiring democracies on Wednesday as he vowed to defend a region long trampled by foreign forces from any future threats. “Here we see the strength of free nations that stand united,” Obama told thousands of Poles gathered to hear the American president on the 25th anniversary of the country's first Western-style elections. “This land was invaded and conquered, carved up and occupied,” Obama said. “Those days are over. Every nation must be free to chart its own course, forge its own partnerships, choose its own allies.” Under overcast skies in a public square on the...

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