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Polish PM hits back in benefit row

Poland's foreign minister has hit out at David ­Cameron's plans to strip child benefit payments from European Union migrants who have left their offspring in their home country.

Radoslaw Sikorski said there was no need for the Prime Minister to "stigmatise" Poles by singling out the nation's migrant workers in comments about his proposals to reform EU welfare rules.

The Prime Minister said it was "wrong" that child ­benefit should be paid to support workers' families who remained in Poland and outlined plans to push for a change in the EU treaties.

Mr Sikorski tweeted: "If Britain gets our taxpayers, shouldn't it also pay their benefits? Why should Polish taxpayers subsidise British taxpayers' children?"

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