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Polish Ruling Party Official Backpedals EU Exit Suggestion

Ryszard Terlecki

Ryszard Terlecki

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A senior Polish ruling party official raised the specter of his country leaving the European Union due to an escalating conflict over the rule of law, only to distance himself from the comments a day later amid government pressure. 

Ryszard Terlecki, who heads the ruling Law & Justice party’s parliamentary caucus, said Poland should think how to work with the EU in a way that’s most beneficial for the nation. His comments come after the EU’s executive asked for daily penalties for the country’s failure to respect the bloc’s court verdicts.