Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), criticised the union’s policies, saying Germany was trying to turn the EU into the ‘Fourth Reich’.
Oppositionto abortion and LGBTI+ in Poland and the Warsaw administration’s human rights record and view of judicial independence have been criticized by the EU for some time.
A decision by Poland’s Constitutional Court, which in some cases said EU law could not be superior to Polish law, had heightened tensions.
Tensions between the European Union (EU) and Poland have peaked with statements from Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS).
‘FOURTH REICH’ ANALOGY
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 72, told the far-right GPC newspaper. Germanyis trying to turn the EU into the ‘Fourth Reich’, Kaczynski said, adding that the EU Court of Justice is being used as a ‘tool’ for federalist ideas.
Kaczynski said in the same statement that ‘some countries are not enthusiastic about the possibility of building a German Fourth Reich on the basis of the EU’.
“We Poles do not accept this kind of surrender,” Kaczynski said, accusing the EU of attacking the country’s sovereignty.
Hitler, the leader of ‘NAZI Germany’, was a 2nd-world champion. He entered World War II eager to establish the Third Reich, resulting in the deaths of tens of millions of people.
WARSAW IS NOT TAKING A STEP BACK
The crisis, which began with the Polish Constitutional Court’s ruling that in some cases national laws preceded EU law, will continue in 2022.
After poland’s decision, the EU objected, but the government stood by its decision.
On July 20th, the EU issued a more drastic statement saying it would ‘not hesitate to exercise its powers’ if it did not back down, and on October 27th it disapproved of the funds to Poland, which refused to take such a step, and issued a daily fine of 1m euros.
Kaczynski’s statements were interpreted as a clear indication that Poland has no intention of backing down.
BECAME AN EU MEMBER IN 2004
Poland became a member of the EU in 2004. After Britain left the EU, the number of union member states dropped to 27.
Some experts say the decision by Poland’s Constitutional Court could result in Poland leaving the EU in the future.