Growth in E. Europe now a dream deferred (AP)

Passersby stop near a currency exchange board displaying current exchange rates for the US dollar and the euro, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009.  The deepening financial and economic crisis in Eastern Europe sent stocks and currencies down Tuesday amid concerns that trouble in the former communist sphere could send painful ripples into the already-stressed banking system. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)AP – The financial crisis has tightened its grip anew on eastern Europe, bringing the ex-communist countries’ once-high flying economies to a standstill — and putting on hold dreams of catching up with the richer nations of western Europe.

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