The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, responded forcefully to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, that the Poles are in favor of the “power of the rule of law” and “do not believe in blackmail or paternalistic attitudes,” in the fierce debate in which they faced each other.
Earlier, von der Leyen threatened that her Commission—charged with overseeing the EU treaties—”will act” to rein in Poland in the confrontation held before the European Parliament on Oct. 19, according to France24.
This meeting expressed the clash of sovereignties. Several countries deny that the EU exceeds their ability to decide within their territories and could jeopardize the binding of the 27 countries that make up the EU.
Von der Leyen had also said, “We cannot and will not allow our common values to be put at risk,” also mentioning possible legal and economic sanctions that could be applied.
To this, Morawiecki defended himself by replying, “It is unacceptable to talk about financial sanctions…. I will not allow EU politicians to blackmail Poland.” He further insisted that his country respects the EU treaties and does not plan to withdraw, as Britain did.
Broadening the context, tensions between the EU and Poland escalated earlier this month when Poland’s Constitutional Court ruled that Poland’s Constitution takes precedence over provisions emanating from the bloc of countries it joined in 2004.
Poland emphasizes that its link to the EU does not mean that it has ceded its legal sovereignty to the EU.
In the same debate, the Spanish Member of the European Parliament, Jorge Buxadé, defended the independence of European countries, placing it above the treaties, and criticized the mistreatment of countries that express different opinions.
“It is a disgrace that this House treats Poland more viciously than the Chinese communist tyranny or the narco-dictatorships of the Iberosphere,” said Buxadé, as seen in the video attached by Twitter user @visegrad 24.
The European Court of Justice had previously ruled that the Polish government should suspend rules giving politicians influence over judicial appointments.
Faced with Poland’s reluctance to comply with that ruling, the European Commission asked the same court to impose a daily fine until it complied with the verdict.
The struggle in the EU over issues such as the prevalence of sovereignty and values cultivated by several of its member countries has been evident over the years. An example of this is their opposition to the LGBT agenda.
In general, these countries are from the central part of the region and were part of the Soviet bloc. With the fall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), they re-embraced Christianity and its traditional values.
These nations are Poland, Romania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Lithuania, and Slovakia, and they make a great effort to keep out globalist policies that threaten their faith and beliefs.