Mood in Poland shifts after Macron’s victory in France

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Series Details 19.05.17
Publication Date 19/05/2017
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After the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French Presidential Election 2017 victory, a challenge for Poland was to establish a working relationship with France. Since Poland’s national-conservative government suddenly rejected the contract with Airbus on Caracal helicopters for the Polish army in the Autumn 2016, Polish-French relations had been marked by a high level of mistrust and disappointment. Macron had also been openly critical of Poland during his election campaign and some of his ideas for EU reform, particularly relating to Eurozone and labour market reform were not liked by the Polish government.

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