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Angela Merkel visited Warsaw
March 20, 2018   
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Merkel and Morawiecki in Warsaw, PAP
German chancellor Angela Merkel traveled on Monday afternoon to Warsaw on her second foreign trip since being sworn in for a fourth term. Her first trip destination was France. Earlier on Monday she said she hoped authorities in Warsaw would satisfy Europe’s concerns over the rule of law in Poland. She mentioned also differences between both countries governments’ positions regarding migration and a Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
During her visit Merkel met president Andrzej Duda and prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
In December 2017, the European Commission launched a rule of law Article 7 procedure against Poland in reaction for reforms of the Polish judiciary system implemented by the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS). Brussels point is they undermine the independence of the judiciary system in Poland.
During the joint press conference following the meeting with Morawiecki, Merkel stated her hope that the issue of Article 7 proceedings can be settled. Morawiecki said that Poland entered a constructive dialogue with the European Commission. “I can say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel” he said while commenting the hope that Polish government and European Commission will reach a solution to Article 7 crises.
Poland should take advantage of the current opportunity to improve cooperation and relations with Germany whose politicians are now emerging from months of coalition-making process, the daily Rzeczpospolita wrote in an opinion piece ahead of PM Mateusz Morawiecki's meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel. The recent and upcoming visits of top German officials to Poland should be regarded from this point of view and used to forge a political format that will allow to negotiate solutions to political differences, said the paper.
According to Polska The Times daily, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki may return to the early assumptions of its premiership after hectic 100 days devoted mostly to putting out fires. In foreign relations, Morawiecki may return to his earlier planned charm offensive.
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