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Ahead of the parliamentary elections next September, the biggest EU country joins the anti-shale gas coalition and hurries to draw up regulations restricting the use of shale gas technology, reports the Warsaw daily, which quotes an interview with Chancellor Angela Merkel published by Straubinger Tagblatt.

“This is a replay of the French scenario, where shale gas exploration was banned 18 months before the presidential election”, explains Gazeta Wyborcza. The newspaper points out that “the anti-shale gas coalition in Paris and Berlin will strengthen the faction of EU politicians opposed to exploration of these deposits, which may have a negative impact on plans to extract shale gas in Poland”.