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European Union officially mourns with Poland

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European Union officially mourns with Poland


Not only Polish flags but European flags at EU institutional headquarters in Brussels were lowered to half mast as a European Union day of mourning was declared.

President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, Polish, expressed condolences on behalf of the assembly’s members.

A Polish analyst at the Centre for European Policy Studies talked about possible impacts from Poland’s loss — including consideration from Russia.

Piotr Kaczynski said: “Poland is committed to Europe. The government of Donald Tusk is running the country and its European policy. Now bigger changes can be expected, but by no means at this stage are they guaranteed to take place vis a vis Russia. For the first time over this weekend, seeing how Russians have behaved and reacted to the tragedy, some people in Poland started to talk about the friends from the east and this is rare. You could not hear it over the past 25 years.”

Brussels has a significant Polish immigrant community. A dominican church where they celebrate mass each week in their own language in the wake of Saturday’s accident has seen a steady flow of mourners.

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