France and Poland at odds after President Macron says Poland is ''isolating'' itself from the rest of Europe. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday (August 25) that Poland was isolating itself within the European Union and that the Polish government was at odds with the bloc's democratic values and economic reform plans. Macron added that Warsaw, where a nationalist, eurosceptic government took office in 2015, was moving in the opposite direction to Europe on numerous issues and would not be able to dictate the path of Europe's future. The French leader was speaking in the Bulgarian resort city of Varna at a joint press conference with President Rumen Radev. He singled out Poland for its refusal to change its stance on a revision of the EU's directive on "posted workers" - cheap labour from eastern countries posted temporarily to more affluent Western countries. Macron has previously said the practice leads to "social dumping" and unfair competition. Later on Friday, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski accused President Macron of failing to follow developments in central Europe, adding that Poland "doesn't isolate itself nor is it being isolated".