The Polish Prime Minister has accused the EU of “blackmail,” saying to EU President Ursula Von Der Leyen’s face that this was “unacceptable” and that “Poland will not be intimidated.”
The public clash came earlier today during a heated clash in the European Parliament.
EU “WILL ACT” AGAINST POLAND
Von der Leyen warned Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki that the EU Commission “will act” to rein Poland in.
“We cannot and we will not allow our common values to be put at risk,” she said, adding that a variety of legal, financial and political punishments were being considered.
THREATS ARE “UNACCEPTABLE”
Morawiecki replied defiantly, saying that “it is unacceptable to talk about financial penalties…I will not have EU politicians blackmail Poland.”
Tensions have been running high between Poland and the Commission for some time now over key ideological differences regarding sovereignty, most notably earlier this month when Poland’s top court ruled that part of EU law is incompatible with the Polish Constitution.
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POLAND MUST RETAIN SOVEREIGNTY
The leader of the Polish government party previously said that while Poland has no plans to leave the EU, it must retain its national sovereignty as an independent state within the bloc.
Poland and the EU have found themselves at odds over a series of Polish judicial reforms.
EU BECOMING AN UNDEMOCRATIC “CENTRALLY MANAGED ORGANISM”
Before today’s exchange, Morawiecki sent a letter to European leaders asserting that Poland’s judicial reforms were in the interests of the EU as a whole.
He said that it was his goal to draw other European leaders’ attention to “a dangerous phenomenon that threatens the future of our Union.”
“We ought to be anxious about the gradual transformation of the Union into an entity that would cease to be an alliance of free, equal and sovereign states, and instead become a single, centrally managed organism, run by institutions deprived of democratic control by the citizens of European countries,” he said.
Morawiecki went on to state that threats were not a conducive way to communicate.
THREATS HAVE NO PLACE IN EUROPEAN POLITICS
“The language of financial blackmail, punishment, ‘starving’ of unsubordinated states, undemocratic and centralist pressures do not have a place in European politics,” he said.
“Poland is ready for dialogue. We look forward to talking — in the spirit of mutual respect, and respect of our sovereignty, without pushing us to give up our national competences.”
The Prime Minister stressed that “Poland remains a loyal member of the European Union,” adding that “we are obliged to do so to the extent required in the [European] Treaties. Not one iota less, and not one iota more.”
The rule of law issue is highly contentious on both sides.
According to the Poles, the EU has “no competence to interfere in the judicial system of Poland”, and its actions “violated the [European] treaties and the Polish constitution,” Polish deputy justice minister Sebastian Kaleta told Breitbart London earlier this month.
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Morawiecki claims that the reforms Poland is implementing are in no way new, and are already in place in several EU countries, adding: “This is a well-trodden path of jurisprudence, which is by no means a novelty.”