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    New Polish leader hoping to mend fences with EU partners

     Poland’s new prime minister is looking to improve strained relations with partners in the European Union when he arrives in Brussels Tuesday.
    Mateusz Morawiecki, who replaced Beata Szydlo last month, is expected to stand his ground over several thorny issues that have raised concerns across the EU.
    The Polish government’s stance on justice reform and immigration has prompted so much unease within the EU that a procedure to strip the country of voting rights in the 28-nation bloc has been started.
    “We are expecting Brussels to understand our position,” Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said ahead of the introductory bilateral dinner between the new prime minister and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
    EU leaders have questioned whether Poland, a member of the bloc since 2004, respects fundamental democratic rules over recent reforms to the judiciary.
    Juncker’s office sees the reform as blurring the separation of powers and gives the governing Law and Justice too much control over the judges.
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