Summary Box: Polish lawmakers debate EU future

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Posted: Dec 15, 2011 12:25 PM
Summary Box: Polish lawmakers debate EU future

MORE OR LESS EU? Poland's prime minister defended his government's support for greater integration in the European Union during a lively parliamentary debate Thursday on the country's relationship with the crisis-ridden bloc. The heated exchanges reflected how deeply attempts to solve the eurozone debt crisis are shaping public debate, even in EU states not using the euro currency.

POLARITY: In Poland, the crisis has sparked a debate on whether to cede more power to Brussels to prevent future financial cataclysm, causing fears the nation could lose some of its cherished sovereignty. It's a highly emotional issue in a country that lost its independence to Germany and Russia at several points in past centuries, regaining it with the fall of communism in 1989.

GERMAN QUESTION: The debate came ahead of a confidence vote on Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, who outraged Polish nationalists by calling in Berlin last month for deeper political integration in Europe as a way of preventing future debt crises. Poland has a long and troubled history with its neighbor Germany. Today the two nations are strong allies and important trade partners.