Scholz, Polish prime minister discuss migration, energy, and EU

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to speak about migration, energy and the EU.

It was one of Scholz’s early European trips after being sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor last week.

Scholz was greeted by Morawiecki, with military honours, in front of the Polish prime minister’s office.

The two leaders were set to discuss a range of political issues, including Poland’s dispute with the European Commission over rule of law as well as migration, energy, and bilateral issues.

In the German coalition agreement, Scholz’s new government said: “We urge the European Commission…to use the existing rule-of-law instruments more consistently and in a timely manner.”

On energy, Poland opposes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline set to carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, saying it makes Europe dependent on Russian deliveries.

Scholz and Morawiecki are also to discuss complex bilateral relations under Germany’s new government. Poland’s current right-wing government says Germany owes Poland compensation for World War II damages.

Germany’s new foreign minister Annalena Baerbock expressed support for Poland when she was in Warsaw on Friday.

She also called for humanitarian treatment of the migrants stuck at the border.

Poland and the EU say the government of Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko is seeking to destabilise the bloc by encouraging migration into its countries.

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