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Europe braces for more prickly Poland after maverick's election

WARSAW, Poland For the past decade, Poland has been a model European Union member. Its economy has thrived, it has allied itself with Germany and taken a lead in pushing back against Russia. It has even pondered a switch to the euro currency. But last month's election of Andrzej Duda as president may signal an end to much of that. Widely seen as a tea party-like victory for those left behind, Duda's election was a slap at the political elite who, in the European way, have struck compromises over climate change and budget deficits. "It was a protest against the establishment," is how Piotr Buras, head of the Warsaw office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, put...

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