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EU's Juncker sees 'good chance' of rapprochement between Poland, EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that there is a "good chance" of rapprochement between Poland and the European Union months after he launched legal proceedings against the country for breaching European common values and the rule of law, Reuters reported.

Juncker said that he had spoken "at length" with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, discussions that were followed by meetings between EU and Polish officials. "We are keeping up our dialogue and I think there is a good chance the Polish positions will move toward ours," Juncker told reporters at a press conference.

The statement comes after the European Commission took the unusual step of invoking Article 7 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty which gave Warsaw time to reverse its judicial changes which the bloc said were detrimental to its common values. While it only serves as a warning, Article 7 could result in sanctions and a suspension of EU voting rights.