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Multi-speed EU would deepen divisions: Polish PM

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Paweł Kononczuk 29.09.2017 11:35
Creating a multi-speed EU would deepen divisions in the bloc, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło has said in an interview for Friday’s edition of France’s Le Figaro.
PM Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Radek PietruszkaPM Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

"Poland believes that if we create a multi-speed Europe, we will deepen divisions and harm everybody," she said, as cited by the daily.

Szydło added that she agrees with French President Emmanuel Macron that Europe needs reform, “but I do not agree with him on the substance of these reforms.”

Poland is ready for dialogue but will defend its position, she insisted.

Szydło also said that EU leaders should look for solutions focusing on unity so that new anti-European movements do not emerge.

Relations between France and Szydło’s conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in late 2015, have been tense in recent months.

In August, Macron voiced stinging criticism of Warsaw, saying Poland was isolating itself in the European Union and that Poles “deserved better” than a government at odds with the bloc’s democratic values.

Szydło at the time hit back, calling Macron arrogant and inexperienced, and suggesting he “mind his own country's business, maybe then he will be able to achieve the same economic results and the same level of security” as Poland.


Source: PAP/Le Figaro

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