Poland hopes to combat "hysteria" with "facts" at EU meeting

Poland will present a "calm, detailed description of the facts" when it meets with EU representatives Friday to discuss the bloc's concerns about recent Polish policy shifts, says Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.

"We'll clean up the lies that, from our standpoint, are the result of the hysteria that have been primarily put forward by the current members of the opposition," she said during a speech in the central Polish city of Radom.

A series of laws by the new national conservative government, which took office in November, have prompted concerns in Brussels, where observers say state institutions are being sidelined because of the government's political priorities.

The controversial moves have included a new media law that allows the government to name the executives of public broadcasters, as well as a change to the structure of the country's top court that critics say would give Szydlo's Law and Justice party more influence.

A Polish Foreign Ministry representative is set to meet with the EU's representative in Warsaw to discuss the matters.

The European Commission is set to meet January 13 to discuss the situation in Poland.

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