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Poland Softens Premier’s Comment on EU Risking World War III

  • Quote was ‘hyperbole,’ there is no risk of war, spokesman says
  • Rhetoric reflects government’s increasingly anti-EU stance
Mateusz Morawiecki 

Mateusz Morawiecki 

Photographer: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

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Poland sought to assuage outrage among its European Union partners after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the bloc could start “the third world war” by withholding the country’s access to funds in a dispute over democratic values.

In an interview with the Financial Times published on Monday, Morawiecki said the EU was holding a “gun to our head” and said his government would “defend our rights with any weapons which are at our disposal.”