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Polish and French Presidents patch things up

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Polish and French Presidents patch things up


On an official visit to Paris, Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski has said the EU constitution has virtually no chance of being ratified by his country.

He called for a looser charter than the one rejected by French and Dutch voters last year.

Before meeting his French counterpart Jacques Chirac, he brushed off remarks two years ago over Poland’s support for the US-led invasion in Iraq.

Chirac memorably stated the Poles and other eastern European nations had “missed a good opportunity to shut up.”

France and Poland have differed over the thorny issue of value-added tax, especially in the building sector. Earlier this year Poland blocked an agreement on an EU-wide reduction.

Poland also wants Paris to open its labour markets to the newest EU members.

The French and Polish leaders will meet at the forthcoming Weimar Triangle meeting in Germany later in the spring.

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