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Poland's president talks with opposition, new protests ahead

  • Protesters attend an anti-government demonstration, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Opponents of the country's populist government are staging a new protest outside the presidential palace in an appeal to the head of state to protect the young democracy's constitutional order from a series of government steps they deem anti-democratic. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Protesters attend an anti-government demonstration, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Opponents of the country's populist government are staging a new protest outside the presidential palace in an appeal to the head of state to protect the young democracy's constitutional order from a series of government steps they deem anti-democratic. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Opponents of the country's populist government are staging a new protest outside the presidential palace in an appeal to the head of state to protect the young democracy's constitutional order from a series of government steps they deem anti-democratic. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Protesters shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Opponents of the country's populist government are staging a new protest outside the presidential palace in an appeal to the head of state to protect the young democracy's constitutional order from a series of government steps they deem anti-democratic. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • People raise placards showing the Head of the Constitutional Court Andrzej Rzeplinski, reading Thank You, as anti-government protesters gather in front of the Constitutional Court to thank for his efforts to defend the court's independence, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.  (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    People raise placards showing the Head of the Constitutional Court Andrzej Rzeplinski, reading Thank You, as anti-government protesters gather in front of the Constitutional Court to thank for his efforts to defend the court's independence, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

A spokesman says that Poland's President Andrzej Duda is meeting separately with opposition party leaders Sunday as he tries to solve a political crisis, while more anti-government protests are planned for the third straight day.

Political tension is rising between Poland's conservative government and the pro-EU opposition over the ruling party's plan to restrict journalists' access to lawmakers in parliament.

Duda, aligned with the ruling party, has offered to mediate.

The president's spokesman, Marek Magierowski, said Sunday that a number of meetings were planned throughout the day. The first one was held with Ryszard Petru, leader of the Modern party.

Petru said later they discussed the media regulations and controversies around a budget vote.

Rallies supporting and opposing the government were planned Sunday in Warsaw.