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Polish PM expecting apology from European Parliament chief

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Nick Hodge 14.12.2015 15:55
Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydło has slammed claims by President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz that the new Polish government's actions "have the character of a coup d' état."
Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Radek PietruszkaPrime Minister of Poland Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

Things are not going well if the head of the European Parliament speaks in such a manner about a member state,” Szydło said, adding that Schulz's statements were unacceptable.”

The Polish prime minister, who represents the Law and Justice party, said she is expecting that he will apologize to Poland.”

She likewise revealed that Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has instructed the Polish ambassador to the EU to meet with Schulz.

The president of the European Parliament made the remarks on Monday in an interview with German radio station Deutschlandfunk.

The controversy chiefly arose in connection with the Polish parliament's pushing through of an amendment that allowed for the replacement of five judges in Poland's Constitutional Tribunal last month.

Nevertheless, the tribunal itself concluded that Poland's last government, which was defeated in the 25 October general election, had itself prematurely voted in two judges. (nh/pk)

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