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Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama, left, at his Belweder residence in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Obama came to Poland to meet regional leaders and attend ceremonies marking 25 years of Poland's democracy. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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Poland's national flags and pictures of Lech Walesa leading the 1980 strike that gave rise to the Solidarity freedom movement, and of Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki flashing a V-sign in 1989 are on display in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on the eve of a visit by President Obama and other European leaders who will attend celebrations marking 25 years of Poland's democracy. (Associated Press)

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For Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa, the greatest wonder is how Poland saw the departure of the Red Army under his presidency, after decades of domination. He rejoices at Poland's hard-won democracy, but wishes he had achieved more: a more effective state, equal opportunity and welfare for all, greater success in bringing communists to account. "When I see how much we have spoiled, how careless we were, how much injustice we have caused, then I am displeased," said Walesa. (Associated Press)

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Poland's national flags and pictures of Lech Walesa leading the 1980 strike that gave rise to the Solidarity freedom movement, and of Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki flashing a V-sign in 1989 are on display in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on the eve of a visit by President Obama and other European leaders who will attend celebrations marking 25 years of Poland's democracy. (Associated Press)