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Polish party leaders seek way out of political crisis

  • The leader of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski is walking through the corridor of the parliament building after the meeting with opposition leaders in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, 31 March 2016, in which they sought a way out of a political conflict surrounding the  constitutional court. The conflict has brought Poland under criticism from some European Union leaders and U.S. senators. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    The leader of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski is walking through the corridor of the parliament building after the meeting with opposition leaders in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, 31 March 2016, in which they sought a way out of a political conflict surrounding the constitutional court. The conflict has brought Poland under criticism from some European Union leaders and U.S. senators. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • The leader of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, tells a news conference that a meeting he had with opposition leaders in parliament building in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 31, 2016, opened a chance for dialogue that could find a way out of a political conflict surrounding the constitutional court.   (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    The leader of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, tells a news conference that a meeting he had with opposition leaders in parliament building in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 31, 2016, opened a chance for dialogue that could find a way out of a political conflict surrounding the constitutional court. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • The eader of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski,  speaks during  a news conference  and says that a meeting he  ahd  with opposition leaders in parliament building in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 31, 2016, opened a chance for  a dialogue that could find a way out of a political conflict surrounding the constitutional court. The conflict has brought Poland under criticism from some European Union leaders and U.S. senators. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    The eader of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, speaks during a news conference and says that a meeting he ahd with opposition leaders in parliament building in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 31, 2016, opened a chance for a dialogue that could find a way out of a political conflict surrounding the constitutional court. The conflict has brought Poland under criticism from some European Union leaders and U.S. senators. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Leaders of Poland's ruling and opposition parties have made little progress in a new effort to end a standoff over the ruling party's position regarding the composition of the top court and other measures.

The Thursday meeting was initiated by ruling party head, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who has appealed for an end to political infighting that has surrounded the measures.

Kaczynski's conservative Law and Justice party, in power since November, is blamed by the opposition and European bodies for making changes that, they say, have destabilized Poland's politics and pose a threat to democracy.

Kaczynski said differences remain but a constructive dialogue was opened. Main opposition party leader Grzegorz Schetyna said the sides did not budge from their diverging positions and his Civic Platform will seek other solutions.