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Poland Denies Tie Between EU Budget Threat and Constitution

Poland's prime minister dismisses claims that a call from six countries to cap EU budgetary spending, to Poland's disadvantage, is linked to the collapse of talks on the EU’s constitution.

In an interview published in the Wednesday edition of the Financial Times, Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller dismissed claims that Tuesday's call from six countries to cap EU budgetary spending, to Poland's disadvantage, was linked to the collapse of talks on the EU's Constitution. Speaking to the paper from his hospital bed, where he is recovering from injuries to his spine sustained in a recent helicopter crash, Miller said the letter was a result of the economic downturn rather than a political statement. "I don't think there is any link between this letter and the results of the summit," he said. "This type of declaration would have been formulated no matter what the results of the summit."