Central and eastern Europe - Elektrim pulls off asurprise

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International investors in Polish conglomerate Elektrim have had a rollercoaster ride this year, as the company has striven to ditch a rag-bag of investments and concentrate on the ever popular telecoms market. The strong prospects for telecoms growth in Poland have attracted big foreign competitors and Elektrim has found itself shifting its alliances, first partnering with Deutsche Telekom in mobile telephony, then falling out with the German giant. In the process it came close to financial crisis. But new CEO Barbara Lundberg has struck a deal with Vivendi of France, that seems to have saved the day, for now. Ian Dawson reports