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Scholz on inaugural visit to Poland

Warsaw (dpa) During his inaugural visit to Poland, Chancellor Olaf Scholz reaffirmed Germany’s commitment to a cooperative partnership. The German government therefore hopes that progress can be made in the dispute over democracy and the rule of law, Scholz said in Warsaw on Sunday during a meeting with the Polish head of government Mateusz Morawiecki.

“Europe is a community of values and law. We are united by the idea of the rule of law and democracy,” Scholz said. “And therefore it would also be very good and helpful if the discussions and talks between the European Union, the Commission and Poland could soon lead to a very good pragmatic solution.” Poland’s government has been restructuring its judiciary for years and is at odds with the EU Commission over this.

Scholz assured the Polish government of support in the dispute over refugees in the border region with Belarus. The chancellor said that the actions of Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko are “inhumane and we have a common duty to repudiate them”. The EU accuses Lukashenko of deliberately smuggling refugees to the Polish-Belarusian border.

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