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Poland deflects blame for EU-Russia embarrassment

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Poland deflects blame for EU-Russia embarrassment


Warsaw is criticising Brussels, saying the Commission stepped in late over the year-long meat row, and found fault with current EU president Finland. Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said Helsinki had tabled then withdrawn a proposal that the Poles be allowed to suspend the talks with Russia at any time if circumstances required. Poland had demanded a deadline for the lifting of the meat ban in return for endorsing the partnership launch. Since the Kaczynski twins took power last year, more eurosceptic than the general electorate, they have consistently put national interests before the EU. They tangled with fellow members over a VAT accord; They clashed with Italy and the Commission over movement of capital rules; Relations with neighbour Germany chafed.
They suggest holding a referendum on whether Poland should eventually join the euro, while this obligation is written into the EU accession treaty. But the veto won broad support at home, from both leftist and centre-right opposition members. They said Poland had no choice but to keep a tough stance towards its historically heavyweight neighbour Russia.

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