Poland Opposition Accuses Government of Seeking to Exit EU

  • Minister calls for ‘drastically’ lowering Poles’ trust in EU
  • Poland was isolated at last week’s summit when Tusk won vote

Poland’s leading opposition party accused the government of seeking to take the formerly communist nation out of the European Union after the foreign minister pledged to undermine the 28 nation bloc following a row at last week’s summit.

“Surely, we must drastically lower the level of trust in the EU,” Witold Waszczykowski, the country’s top diplomat, told Super Express daily this weekend. He said the summit, at which Poland was outvoted 27 to 1 to re-elect Donald Tusk as the head of the European Council, showed that Warsaw “can be cheated at any moment” by other EU members. He said the government would be forced to start “blocking” others’ initiatives in retaliation.

Poland kicked up a fuss over Tusk, the former leader of the current opposition Civic Platform party, saying he’s part of a Brussels establishment that has unfairly accused the Law & Justice party’s government of eroding democratic standards. The EU’s executive has launched unprecedented procedures to try to force the government in Warsaw to adhere to the bloc’s rule-of-law criteria after Poland failed to publish rulings made by the country’s Constitutional Tribunal that it didn’t agree with.

“Law & Justice is seeking to make the EU repugnant in the eyes of Poles, wanting to take Poland out of the union,” Slawomir Neumann, parliamentary caucus leader of the Civic Platform, told TVN24 television on Sunday. “We want a debate over Europe.”

Law & Justice’s leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said last week that the government isn’t seeking to take the country out of the EU. More than three quarters backed joining the EU in a 2003 referendum in the country of 38 million people.

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