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Tags: EU | Poland | Central Europe

Central European Nations Seek Stronger EU after UK Leaves

Central European Nations Seek Stronger EU after UK Leaves

Thursday, 02 March 2017 05:45 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of four Central European nations met Thursday to discuss ways of strengthening the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc.

The meeting took place just days before an EU summit in Brussels and ahead of the March 25 EU meeting in Rome that will mark 60 years since the start of the European Economic Community, which later became the EU's economic foundation.

In Warsaw, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo hosted her counterparts: Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic, Slovakia's Robert Fico and Hungary's Victor Orban. The four nations are known as the Visegard group.

Szydlo's spokesman, Rafal Bochenek, says the talks will focus on the EU's future but also on the quality of the food that some international firms distribute in central Europe. According to some experts, the foods offered to Central European markets are inferior to those sold elsewhere.

The talks are also expected to include Poland's lack of support for a second term for Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, as European Council head.

Tusk's 2 ½-year term ends in May. He is the only candidate for the position and enjoys general support, but is the long-time political rival of the leader of Poland's ruling conservative party.

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The prime ministers of four Central European nations met Thursday to discuss ways of strengthening the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc.The meeting took place just days before an EU summit in Brussels and ahead of the March 25 EU meeting in Rome that will mark...
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