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Polish political leader rejects converting to euro currency

December 7, 2018

FILE- In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo the leader of Poland's populist ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, speaks to the media in Warsaw, Poland. At his party's parliamentary group meeting on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, Kaczynski has spoken against the conversion to the European Union's currency, the euro and suggested that as the Poles aspire to live on Western European level, the adherence to the local currency, the zloty, would protect their means at times of international financial crises. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, FILE)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland’s ruling party has spoken out against having Poland convert to using the European Union’s shared currency, the euro.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski suggested that as the Poles aspire to western European living standards, sticking with the local zloty currency would protect them during international financial crises. At the same time, this strong critic of the EU said that Poland’s strong position in the 28-member bloc will help improve Polish living standards.

Kaczynski spoke at the party’s parliamentary policy meeting Friday.

An EU member since 2004, Poland has been ambivalent about converting to the euro, saying it first needs to meet all the necessary criteria. Nineteen European nations currently use the euro.

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