Migrant crisis tops agenda in Polish election debate

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WARSAW: Poland’s divided attitudes to the European refugee crisis were laid bare during a televised debate between political candidates Tuesday, ahead of a general election the conservative opposition is tipped to win. Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, whose centrist Civic Platform (PO) is trailing the PiS ahead of the October 25 vote, reiterated her commitment to European solidarity but stressed she would aim to reinforce the bloc’s borders. Kopacz’s government has opposed obligatory migrant quotas but agreed to accept about 5,000 of the 120,000 people to be shared out among the 28-member European Union. Rival Beata Szydlo of the PiS said Poland “should focus on humanitarian aid and financial help for those countries where these people are now at risk,” and aim to deal the flow of refugees at the source.

AFP

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