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Poland, France back stronger EU, bilateral ties

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – The leaders of Poland and France said Friday they want the new European Union budget to allow for development and further integration despite the need for cuts and austerity measures.

French President Francois Hollande made a one-day visit to Warsaw, his first as president, and met with his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski, as the two nations intensify ties.

They told reporters they agreed that EU leaders need to make targeted decisions as they discuss the upcoming tight EU budget, in order to help the 27-nation bloc and its 17-nation eurozone overcome the current debt crisis.

Hollande said funds for a common EU policy for agriculture and for cohesion are France’s priorities and match up well with Poland’s goals. He said the two nations will be pressing for an EU budget of solidarity that will secure the bloc’s economic growth and long-term security.

Aiming to intensify bilateral ties, Hollande came with a group of some 22 business leaders from sectors including energy, defense and transport.

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