Calm debate needed on Warsaw's reforms, plead Polish, EU presidents

Recent reforms in Poland, which have prompted an EU investigation because of charges they breach the bloc's fundamental values, must be discussed in a calm manner, say Polish President Andrzej Duda and EU President Donald Tusk.

Anyone who has the "good of the EU at heart should exercise restraint and refrain from hysterical behaviour," Tusk said in Brussels, while Duda expressesd hope that "these unnecessary emotions that have brewed up the in media and the political sphere will calm down." 

Tusk - who is a Polish citizen - acknowledged that Poland's reputation has been "shaken slightly" by recent events, but says he is "not very enthusiastic" about the decision by the European Commission to launch an inquiry into Warsaw's reforms.

The EU president says he does not plan to raise the issues with the bloc's 28 leaders at their next summit in February.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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