The leader of the ruling party in Poland, Jarosław Kaczyński, said that the European Union treaties – which form the basis of EU law – are no longer in force because they have been violated by the European institutions, which block Polish funds “illegally”.
He also warned that the EU is currently moving towards a “Fourth Reich” under German rule, but pledged that Poland and other countries would resist such changes.
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Talking to the Conservative Daily Gazeta Polska Codziennie in an interview published on Friday, Kaczyński said that the goal of the new German government is to “build a federal EU under the leadership of Berlin”.
“If we, as Poles, accepted such modern serfdom, we would be degraded in various ways,” said Kaczyński, who as chairman of the national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party is the most powerful politician in the country. country.
Poland is one of the many countries “not keen on building the German Fourth Reich on the basis of the EU,” Kaczyński said. But he clarified that by using such language, he “was not referring to a [continuation] from [Nazi] Third Reich, but in the First Reich ”.
“I think that [the term ‘Fourth Reich’] reflects quite well the direction of these changes, ”Kaczyński explained. He argued that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is being used as a “tool” to create a federal superstate. Its judgments provide a “legal pseudo-alibi for usurpation [of powers] beyond the treaties ”.
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“The treaties have ceased to be in force and the new legislator is the CJEC”, declared the president of the PiS. He also accused the European Commission of acting “completely illegally” by blocking Poland’s payments from the EU’s Covid recovery fund over rule of law concerns.
Meanwhile, “the madness of the energy transformation” implemented by the commission “would drive Polish families into poverty within a decade,” Kaczyński said. The Polish government “must protect citizens and businesses against this aggressive action”, he added.
Kaczyński said his party “is trying to build a front” to oppose the current EU leadership. His party recently hosted the latest in a series of meetings between right-wing and far-right European leaders, including Viktor Orbán and Marine Le Pen.
Polish Minister of Justice submits request to Constitutional Court to declare EU mechanism subordinating EU funds to rule of law is not in line with Polish constitution
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Daniel Tilles is editor-in-chief of Notes from Poland. He has written on Polish affairs for a wide range of publications including Foreign police, POLICY Europe, Observe and Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.