Poland's Right May Rue Defying the EU

Europe doesn't look kindly on new governments that challenge its cohesion.

Fear of backsliding.

Photographer: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images

The relationship between Poland and the European Union is at its worst in years, as the two sides engage in a nasty war of words. That is a dangerous game for Poland's right-wing government. Although the EU generally is seen as a pretty benign institution, it has shown it can be tough on delinquent members, and in Poland's case, it has a strong hand to play.

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