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Poland Slams EU Leadership and Urges Changes in May Elections

Jacek Czaputowicz

Jacek Czaputowicz

Photographer: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Poland accused the European Union of conducting hostile policies toward its largest post-communist member and urged changes to the bloc’s functioning following its parliamentary elections in May.

It’s the latest salvo in a long-lasting battle between the EU and Poland over what Brussels considers an erosion of democratic standards and threats to the rule of law. The standoff centers around political appointments to Poland’s independent judiciary and the conflict could result in cuts to subsidies the country receives from the bloc’s budget.