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PRO-EU protest brings 100,000 Poles to streets

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Poles took to the streets to show support for European Union membership after a controvers­ial court verdict plunged the country’s already fraught relations with the bloc to a new low. As many as 100,000 people thronged a square at Warsaw’s historic old town on Sunday evening after former European Council president and opposition leader Donald Tusk urged his compatriot­s to protest the ruling that rejected a pillar of EU law. The judgment threatens to sink billions of euros in aid and has sparked concerns the biggest eastern member might one day end up leaving the bloc. Tusk told the crowd said it’s time to “raise alarm because the ruling party decided to take Poland out of the EU” and is trampling democratic norms. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has insisted that Poland will remain in EU despite the standoff.

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