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Poland will remain in the EU: PM

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Roberto Galea 26.05.2017 07:07
Poland is, and will remain, in the European Union, and the opposition should not be "hysterical", Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło has tweeted.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Bartłomiej ZborowskiPolish Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Bartłomiej Zborowski

“We want a unified, stable, and safe EU,” the tweet said.

Politicians from the opposition Civic Platform (PO) and the Polish People's Party (PSL) have criticised Szydlo over a recent speech in Parliament.

Szydło made connections between this week's terrorist attack in Manchester and the EU's decision to accept refugees from the Middle East and Africa.

Her government has refused to take in migrants as part of an EU programme to relocate tens of thousands, citing security issues. The EU has given Poland until June to start relocating refugees or face penalties.

Poland “will not participate in the Brussels elites' folly”, Szydło said on Wednesday.

Two Poles were among 22 people who died during the Manchester attack.

“Where are you headed, Europe? Rise from your knees and from your lethargy, or you will be crying over your children every day,” Szydło added

According to PO leader Grzegorz Schetyna, the prime minister's speech was “anti-European” and would harm the image of Poland around the world. In turn, PSL leader Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz said Prime Minister Szydło “poured out her frustration in Parliament.” (rg/pk)

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