27 Jun

Poland’s Sikorski denies ambitions to become defence commissioner, Warsaw eyes strong portfolio

Poland’s Radosław Sikorski, who is almost certain to win a nomination to the next Commission, claims he is uninterested in the defence portfolio. Some sources suggest he is more interested in the EU diplomatic chief’s post he already ran for in 2014.

Written by Aleksandra Krzysztoszek, Krzysztof Ryncarz | Euractiv.pl

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Photo credit: Tomas Halasz, Greenpeace

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