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Polish PM says yes to euro but no to rights charter

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Polish PM says yes to euro but no to rights charter


Poland’s new Prime Minister has vowed to fast- track Warsaw’s adoption of the euro, and to pull troops out of Iraq. They were among the priorities Donald Tusk outlined in his first address to parliamant since his Civic Platform party won last month’s general election. They are now in a coalition government with the centrist Peasants’ Party.

Tusk said, however, that he would have to abandon plans to sign up to the EU charter of fundamental rights, after the opposition threatened to block ratification of the EU’s new reform treaty.

Poland’s previous conservative nationalist government negotiated an opt-out from the charter on the grounds that it could undermine Roman Catholic family values.

Tusk’s commitment to withdrawing forces from Poland is in line with a campaign pledge.

President Lech Kaczynski thinks the troops should stay, and analysts believe there could yet be battles beween the pair over the issue.

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