Poland's politics are as intense as ever, both internally, as the campaign for the general election in October heats up, and externally, with a dense and ambitious EU presidency to add to the usual foreign policy engagements. In comparison with other Central and Eastern European countries, Poland is stable and is the only economy in the EU that kept growing all the way through the crisis. Poland-US relations, which seemed to suffer a setback with the advent of the Obama administration, picked up again with the resetting of relations between Washington and Moscow. Poland is becoming a successful model for countries in transition stretching from Eastern Europe to the Middle East. If Civic Platform, the party of both the current Prime Minister and President, will win the legislative elections, the country might undertake a new stage of reforming. The Poles have the chance to again decide in favour of Europe and modernization, confirming the choice made at the presidential elections, and projecting the country into a new and promising phase.