French President Emmanuel Macron has sharply criticized EU laws that allow companies in poorer countries to post cheap labor abroad. Critics say the practice leads to a downward spiral in wages in richer countries - a process known as wage dumping.
Labor reps are satisfied, but many Polish companies will complain. The EU is strengthening the rights of posted workers; higher wages will make labor more expensive in Germany. Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.
Poland's premier has cited Emmanuel Macron's lack of political experience for his disparaging comments about Poland. The French president criticized Warsaw for failing to support changes to EU rules on "posted" labor.
Ambitious spending plans by Italy's new coalition, and potentially a political unknown as prime minister, have put investors on edge. Some commentators think the effects will also be felt by the entire eurozone.
Emmanuel Macron is on a campaign to curtail the export of cheap labor to western Europe. But as the French president takes his tour east, he is running into a less receptive audience.
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