Polish government, opposition aim to improve country's image

Poland's right-wing prime minister says her government and the opposition will work together to calm internal political conflict and to counter "unjustified" opinions about the country abroad.

Beata Szydlo spoke Tuesday following a meeting with leaders of the parties represented in parliament. The leaders discussed the critical opinions about Poland's politics that were recently voiced by some German politicians and European Union leaders.

Szydlo's conservative government took power in November from a pro-EU team and has embarked on swift reforms that critics say threaten democracy and free media.

The European Commission is to debate Poland's rule of law on Wednesday and the European Parliament will hold a discussion about the country on Jan. 19.

Szydlo said the critical opinions were inspired by some "irresponsible groups" but didn't name them.