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Polish FM hopes for “new opening’ with France

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Grzegorz Siwicki 21.11.2017 10:57
The Polish prime minister’s talks with the French president later this week promise a “new opening” in bilateral relations, Poland’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Witold Waszczykowski.Witold Waszczykowski.Photo: W.Kusiński/Polish Radio

Poland’s Beata Szydło and France’s Emmanuel Macron will discuss “European issues” and bilateral relations when they meet in Paris on Thursday, according to Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski.

"I hope this is a new signal, a new opening, that we will forget old problems," Waszczykowski told public broadcaster Polish Radio 3 on Tuesday.

Macron has been critical of the policies of Poland’s conservative government led by Szydło, including its opposition to his push for rules under which companies would be required to pay "posted" and local workers the same wages.

In late August, Macron said in a media interview that the policies of the Polish government "undermine the rule of law."

Szydło has said that Macron “should mind his own country's business” after he attacked Poland for "isolating" itself within the European Union.

Szydło has also said that Poland was democratic and “pro-EU”, and that it was determined to defend important European Union values, including the free market.

(gs/pk)

Source: IAR

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