The Limits to Any Rapprochement Between Poland and the EU

A protest against judicial reforms proposed by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 1, 2017 (AP photo by Alik Keplicz).
A protest against judicial reforms proposed by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 1, 2017 (AP photo by Alik Keplicz).
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With well over a trillion dollars at stake, the next European Union budget has the potential either to strengthen a detente between Poland and Brussels, or become another issue dividing the bloc’s west and east. Further division would undermine Poland’s new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, whose supposedly technocratic approach has held out the promise of better ties with the EU. Last month, Poland’s minister for European affairs, Konrad Szymanski, called EU plans to link the bloc’s central budgetary payments to the rule of law in member states a “massive power grab.” Earlier in May, the European Commission, the EU’s executive […]

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