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Poland split over EU treaty ratification

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The Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has called on his president to reconsider his decision not to sign the Lisbon Treaty. President Lech Kaczynski had declared it would be pointless ratifying the document after its rejection by Ireland last month.

“I hope the President will reconsider his announcement,” said Tusk. “I have no doubt that the ratification is in Poland’s best interest. I think that the President, as a co-author of that treaty, would agree that it is in Poland’s and the Union’s best interest.”

Kaczinski’s announcement deals a blow to efforts by France to boost the ratification process. A visit to Poland by French President Nicolas Sarkozy a year ago to convince Warsaw to agree to a mini- treaty proved successful.

The Commission is now keen to remind Poland of its commitment – which was repeated at a recent EU summit where all 27 members confirmed their wish to pursue the ratification process.