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Polish Coalition Shows Cracks on EU Budget Veto as Summit Nears

  • Prime minister and deputy split on economic impact of veto
  • Deputy PM Gowin says compromise with EU is within reach
Mateusz Morawiecki

Mateusz Morawiecki

Photographer: Piotr Malecki/Bloomberg
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Poland’s coalition government is showing fissures over its decision to block the European Union’s $2.2 trillion spending plan, with a junior coalition partner repeating a stance that puts him at odds with the shot-calling ruling party.

The stakes are high for Poland and fellow eastern EU member Hungary. Their opposition to tying the bloc’s budget and coronavirus rescue plan to upholding democratic standards puts them at risk of losing out on tens of billions euros in development funds.