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Poland's PM, EU leader to discuss ending political crisis

  • Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, right, and EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, left, shake hands and smile before holding crucial talks on ways of ending Poland's political conflict that has strained ties with Brussels, at Szydlo's office in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Alarmed by government moves that have paralysed the Constitutional Tribunal, the EU Commissions has threatened sanctions if the political conflict is not solved. Timmermans' meeting with Szydlo suggests that progress has been made in finding a solution. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, right, and EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, left, shake hands and smile before holding crucial talks on ways of ending Poland's political conflict that has strained ties with Brussels, at Szydlo's office in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Alarmed by government moves that have paralysed the Constitutional Tribunal, the EU Commissions has threatened sanctions if the political conflict is not solved. Timmermans' meeting with Szydlo suggests that progress has been made in finding a solution. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, right, and EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, left, smile before holding crucial talks on ways of ending Poland's political conflict that has strained ties with Brussels, at Szydlo's office in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Alarmed by government moves that have paralysed the Constitutional Tribunal, the EU Commissions has threatened sanctions if the political conflict is not solved. Timmermans' meeting with Szydlo suggests that progress has been made in finding a solution. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, right, and EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, left, smile before holding crucial talks on ways of ending Poland's political conflict that has strained ties with Brussels, at Szydlo's office in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Alarmed by government moves that have paralysed the Constitutional Tribunal, the EU Commissions has threatened sanctions if the political conflict is not solved. Timmermans' meeting with Szydlo suggests that progress has been made in finding a solution. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, right, and EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, left, shake hands and smile before holding crucial talks on ways of ending Poland's political conflict that has strained ties with Brussels, at Szydlo's office in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday,  May  24, 2016. Alarmed by government moves that have paralysed the Constitutional Tribunal, the EU Commissions has threatened sanctions if the political conflict is not solved. Timmermans' meeting with Szydlo suggests that progress has been made in finding a solution.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, right, and EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, left, shake hands and smile before holding crucial talks on ways of ending Poland's political conflict that has strained ties with Brussels, at Szydlo's office in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Alarmed by government moves that have paralysed the Constitutional Tribunal, the EU Commissions has threatened sanctions if the political conflict is not solved. Timmermans' meeting with Szydlo suggests that progress has been made in finding a solution.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Poland's deputy foreign minister says a senior European Union leader will meet with the nation's prime minister to discuss ways of solving a political crisis in Poland that has strained ties with Brussels.

Alarmed by government moves which have paralyzed Poland's Constitutional Tribunal, the EU Commission has implemented the "rule of law" procedure aimed at protecting EU values including respect for law, and has threatened sanctions.

Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said Tuesday that recent talks have led to some understanding and paved the way for a meeting later in the day between Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, who said on Twitter he was to meet Szydlo in Warsaw.

The EU has urged Poland's lawmakers to find a solution to the constitutional crisis.