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>> Poland's President Andrzej Duda has vetoed a law that aimed to change how parties are elected to the European parliament. The law would have benefited large political parties like the Euro skeptic ruling law and justice party and made it hard for small parties to reach the threshold needed to gain seats.
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Speaking on Thursday, Duda said the rules approved by parliament in July meant parties would need as much as 16.5% of the vote to win any seats in the European legislature. He said this moved too far away from the standards of proportional representation. Mosul has been on the collision course with the EU in recent months.
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In July due to approved measure effectively allowing the government to choose the next Supreme Court chief.>>
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That sparked protests across the country and criticism that the goverment was eroding the rule of law. Elections to the European parliament are due to take place next May. A strong performance by Euro skeptic parties could have a significant impact on future policy making in the EU block which will have 27 members after Britain leaves in March.