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New centrist cabinet appointments likely to placate, but not completely resolve, Poland's political standoff with EU

10 January 2018


Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, from the ruling conservative Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość: PiS) party, carried out a cabinet reshuffle on 9 January.

The most prominent appointments include those of Mariusz Blaszczak, who replaces Antoni Macierewicz as minister of defence, and Jacek Czaputowicz, who replaces Witold Waszczykowski as minister of foreign affairs. Waszczykowski and Macierewicz have displayed controversial and argumentative behaviour. In addition, the Ministry of Environment will now be headed by Henryk Kowalczyk, replacing Jan Szyszko. The latter was embroiled in a dispute with the European Union over logging at the Bialowieza primeval forest, an activity that in 2017 the European Court of Justice ruled illegal.

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