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Poland Repudiates Le Pen's Offer to Help It Weaken EU

  • Ruling party asserts pro-EU stance, prosecutor summons Tusk
  • Zloty weakens fourth day as Rabobank sees EU isolation risks
Marine Le Pen smiles during a campaign rally on March 11, 2017, in Deols, central France.

Marine Le Pen smiles during a campaign rally on March 11, 2017, in Deols, central France.

Photographer: GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images
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Poland’s government, rushing to reassure voters that it’s not seeking to leave the European Union after suffering isolation at last week’s summit, received an unwelcome offer for cooperation from French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

The EU’s 27 other members ignored objections from Poland by approving a new term for former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as president of the European Council. The vote further soured Warsaw’s relations within Europe after the bloc’s executive accused the ruling Law & Justice party of backsliding on democratic norms. The conflict escalated on Monday, when the prosecutor’s office summoned Tusk as a witness in a case probing collaboration between the Polish and Russian spy agencies.