Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Kaczynski accused Germany of creating the “fourth Reich”
Polish politician criticized the actions of the European Union
Another episode of the protracted confrontation between Poland and the European Union was the scandalous statements made by the leader of the right-wing conservative Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski in an ultra-right newspaper. The Polish Deputy Prime Minister said that Germany wants to turn the EU into a “fourth Reich”.
The head of the ruling party in Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said that Germany is trying to turn the European Union into a federal “fourth German Reich,” writes The Guardian.
Speaking on the pages of the extreme right-wing Polish newspaper GPC, the head of the Law and Justice party (PiS) said some countries are “not happy with the prospect of building a German Fourth Reich based on the EU.”
“If we Poles were to accept this modern view, we would be humiliated in different ways,” said Kaczynski, who is also Poland's deputy prime minister. He added that the European Court is being used as a “tool” for federalist ideas.
Supporters of PiS argue that Germany wants to turn the European Union into a federal state, which will be governed by itself.
Poland is involved in a long confrontation with the EU, especially due to the judicial changes that Kaczynski's party has pushed through since 2015.
Recently, the European Union announced that it is initiating a lawsuit against Poland for ignoring EU legislation and undermining judicial independence. Warsaw responded by accusing Brussels of “bureaucratic centralism.”
In October, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that Polish national legislation took precedence over European Union legislation. In this regard, the question arose sharply whether Warsaw is going to repeat the example of Brexit and arrange Polexit by leaving the EU. True, the same Jaroslaw Kaczynski denied this assumption.
Recently, the European Commission decided to launch a legal procedure for examining violations against Warsaw in connection with “serious concerns” after the recent rulings of the Polish Constitutional Court, which found the provisions of EU treaties incompatible with the Polish Constitution, directly challenging the primacy of European legislation. Brussels gave the Polish authorities two months to respond to the letter with official notification.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reminds, during a visit to Warsaw of the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz this month, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said, that the support of EU federalism by the current government of the Federal Republic of Germany is “utopian and therefore dangerous.” along with Hitler and Goebbels. At the same time, Warsaw accuses Berlin of the fact that the German authorities do not want to pay war reparations to Poland.