Macron pledges sanctions against Poland if elected
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Macron pledges sanctions against Poland if elected
Macron pledges sanctions against Poland if elected

Latest update : 2017-04-28

French centrist Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday France would push for European Union sanctions against Poland if he is elected president, signalling he wanted to take the lead in defending the bloc’s democratic values.

Macron, a pro-EU candidate who topped the first round of voting in France’s two-part presidential election, is tipped to win a run-off against eurosceptic far-right leader Marine Le Pen on May 7.

He told several regional newspapers in an interview that he would pursue a tougher line with Poland and other countries which he believed were infringing EU principles.

“When the rights and values of the European Union are not respected, I want sanctions to be taken,” he said.

Poland’s nationalist-minded government has been embroiled in a dispute with the EU for over a year after a series of reforms which according to Brussels weaken the independence of the judiciary and risk undermining democratic checks and balances.

The European Commission has so far stopped short of any further action, and is seeking the views of member states. (...)

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2017 Apr 29 16:28
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