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Wałęsa 'ashamed' of Polish government

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Nick Hodge 24.01.2016 16:02
Former president of Poland Lech Wałęsa has said he is 'ashamed' of the current Polish government, as a European Commission inquiry on the rule of law in the country continues.
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“Things had been going pretty well,” Wałęsa argued in an interview with RMF FM, referring to the situation in Poland before the Law and Justice party won the 25 October general election.

Sure, a lot of things needed to be improved, but it was really OK,” he said.

“And now we're facing maximum losses,” he claimed.

“There should be some sort of group that counts the losses that Poland has under this prime minister [Beata Szydło] and the entire system,” he said.

Business people are pulling out of Poland, we're losing friends in various places.

All this is going to cost us a lot,” the former Solidarity trade union leader said.

I'm truly ashamed to go abroad, because I'm getting the same question non-stop: 'How is it that you people of Solidarity democratically allowed for a system to be imposed that violates laws, regulations and the constitution? It's unbelievable.'”

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has endeavoured to calm the atmosphere surrounding the new government, which was sworn in on 16 November.

The minister published a lengthy article in leading European newspapers on Saturday, insisting that neither is democracy in Poland “under threat, nor are we turning our back on Europe.” (nh/pk)

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