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Polish Minister Escalates Standoff, Accuses EU of ‘Stealing’ Billions in Funds

Zbigniew Ziobro 

Zbigniew Ziobro 

Photographer: Omar Marques/Getty Images

Poland’s justice minister lashed out at the European Union -- and took a swipe at Germany -- for “stealing” billions in EU funds, as a standoff between Brussels and Warsaw over financing escalates

Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, who leads a euroskeptic party in Poland’s nationalist coalition, accused European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen of “cheating” the Polish government nearly three months after signaling the nation was closer to accessing as much as 35 billion euros ($35 billion) of the bloc’s pandemic recovery funds.