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    President Duda to Support Poland's EU Membership, Boost Global Role

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    Experts claim that recently elected Polish President Andrzej Duda will support the country's membership of the European Union and strengthen its role in international affairs.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Recently elected Polish President Andrzej Duda will support the country's membership of the European Union and strengthen its role in international affairs, experts told Sputnik.

    "It is a similar situation as the victory of Cameron in the UK, as their attitude to the European Union are similar. He [Duda] will be for Polish membership of the EU, there is no case of something extraordinary in connection with this," Leszek Skiba, an expert on political economy at the Sobieski Institute, said.

    Skiba said relations between Poland and Brussels were somewhat "hard," but the election of Duda would not influence relations with the European Union on the whole.

    The expert said that with Duda as the new Polish leader, the country could attempt to build closer relations with Germany, while Poland’s relations with Russia were unlikely to change significantly.

    Jacek Nowak, the executive director of the Institute for Intercultural Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies SILK ROAD, told Sputnik that Duda would push for a stronger position for Poland globally.

    "Andrzej Duda, in contrast to [former President] Bronislaw Komorowski, is a supporter of a strong Polish place in the international arena," Nowak said.

    At the same time, according to Nowak, Duda seems to be more concerned with Poland’s internal affairs rather than with the matters of its neighboring states, as earlier in May he refused to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

    Duda, who has right-wing convictions, garnered 51.55 percent of the votes in the May 24 presidential election, replacing President Bronislaw Komorowski.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.


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