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Today the EU is our enemy, we are forced to fight the dominant tide in Brussels, the benefits of being a member of the European community are not as important as we tend to believe, and in any case the EU has no chance of survival - this is how Morawiecki's speech could be briefly summarised.
His exposé was not on the Sejm's agenda, but Morawiecki decided to to deliver it anyway, without giving the opportunity to ask questions. The subject of his speech was the government's veto on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for years 2021-2027, which is supposed to contain a conditionality criterion linking the disbursement of funds with the respect of rule of law.
The stalemate between Poland and Hungary and the rest of the EU places them even closer to Putin
Together with Viktor Orbán, Morawiecki announced the intention to veto the EU’s budget. Hungarian prime minister is already infamous for turning Hungary into an oligarchy similar to Putin's Russia. The kinship is not only ideological, since Orbán increasingly relies on preferential deals with Russia that he arranges during his frequent visits at the Kremlin. Among others, he made Russia the main energy supplier of Hungary. As for his national policies, Orban has dismantled media freedom and attacks NGOs with solutions taken directly from Putin’s playbook.
Except for the Warsaw-Budapest axis, no member state has flagged their intention to join in on the veto. That includes Czechia and Slovakia, two countries that are considered to be close allies by the Law and Justice party. A threatening letter has been sent to Brussels by the populist Prime Minister of Slovenia, but during the difficult times of the pandemic, he has no intention of vetoing the budget either.
In the Sejm, it seemed as if Morawiecki was a mere ventriloquist puppet voicing the position of Zbigniew Ziobro and his milieu. In the fight against the EU, Ziobro’s faction has already gone beyond even the lies employed by Farage, the godfather of anti-EU propaganda. Michał Wójcik, an MP belonging to Ziobro’s inner circle, used a press conference organized by Ziobro to proclaim that Brussels wants to impose on Poland the right to trade in children during trade fairs.
During his speech, Morawiecki recalled the tragic history of Poland, referencing the country’s past as a vassal of the USSR as an apt comparison for the current EU-Polish relations. In his eyes, Brussels acts towards Poland in a manner that is reminiscent of Moscow’s politburo approach during the cold war. According to him, Poland has to face a European oligarchy steered by Germany, whose aim is to impose its will on other countries.
- This is not the European Union we joined,' he said. - The rule of law in the EU has become a tool for propaganda. We reject this approach, because the rule of law is being used in the EU as a scare tactic, which is contradictory to its meaning.
Morawiecki speaks like a full-blooded Eurosceptic
Dear Mr Morawiecki, it is not the EU that is manipulating the meaning of these words. Quite to the contrary, it is the primary way of conducting politics by you and your party. Thus, the more you talk about wanting to stay in the European community, the more I am afraid that you would be happy to leave it.
It is for that reason that your speech made me think less of Zbigniew Ziobro and more of Nigel Farage, the main architect of Brexit, who has recently been lavishing your government's current policy with superlatives.
Unfortunately, I also saw in you a cynical politician who, in order to save his own job, is willing to exclude Poland from the most politically and economically important project in the European history, one that is vital for our country’s security and prosperity.
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