Leader of ruling party in Poland says Germany is trying to make EU “Fourth German Reich”


The leader of the ruling party in Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said on Friday that Germany was trying to transform the European Union into a federal “Fourth German Reich”.

Speaking to the Polish far-right daily GPC, the leader of the Law and Justice Party (known by its Polish acronym PiS) said some countries “are not enthusiastic about a German Fourth Reich being built on the basis of the EU “. .

“If we Poles were to go along with this kind of modern submission, we would be degraded in different ways,” said Kaczynski, 72, who is also one of four Polish deputy prime ministers.

Leader of Poland’s ruling party Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 72 (pictured), said on Friday that Germany was trying to transform the European Union into a federal ‘Fourth German Reich’

He added that the EU Court of Justice was being used as an “instrument” for federalist ideas.

Poland is involved in a long stalemate with the European Union, especially over the judicial reforms that the PiS has carried out since 2015.

In the latest twist, Poland accused the EU of “attacking our sovereignty” and vowed to fight against its “bureaucracy” after Brussels launched legal action against the country for overriding Union laws. European.

In remarks broadcast on national television, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, 53, said the EU decision reflected a trend towards “bureaucratic centralism” in Brussels which “must be stopped”.

Earlier this year, Mr Kaczynski said that Brussels' ability to overthrow the Polish government means that Poland is no longer

Earlier this year, Mr Kaczynski said that Brussels’ ability to overthrow the Polish government means that Poland is “not a sovereign state”.

The decision to take legal action intensifies a long-standing feud between Warsaw and Brussels over Poland’s perceived decline from EU democratic standards.

In October, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that Polish laws have supremacy over those of the EU in areas where they conflict. In November, the same court ruled that the European Pact of Rights was incompatible with its constitution.

When countries join the EU, as Poland did in 2004, they must align their laws with the bloc’s regulations and accept the European Court of Justice as the supreme arbiter of those rules.

In launching its lawsuit, the EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, said it viewed two constitutional court rulings this year as “expressly challenging the rule of EU law”.

Poland accused the EU of “bureaucratic centralism”.

During German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Warsaw earlier this month, Prime Minister Morawiecki said the current German government’s support for European federalism was “utopian and therefore dangerous”.

It comes after heightened tension between Poland and the rest of the bloc as far-right politicians contested an exit from the EU.

The odds of “Polexit” increased when the country’s Supreme Court ruled in October that EU treaties were incompatible with the Polish constitution.

The EU's decision to take legal action has escalated a long-standing feud between Warsaw and Brussels over Poland's perceived decline from EU democratic standards (pictured thousands of people attend a pro-EU rally in Krakow, Poland on October 10, 2021 after the first ruling against the EU)

The EU’s decision to take legal action has escalated a long-standing row between Warsaw and Brussels over Poland’s perceived decline from EU democratic standards (pictured thousands of people attend a pro-EU rally in Krakow, Poland on October 10, 2021 after the first ruling against the EU)

Who is Jaroslaw Kaczynski?

Jarosław Kaczyński, 72, is one of the four deputy prime ministers of Poland. He was Prime Minister for just over a year from 2006 to 2007 and is leader of the Law and Justice party (known by its Polish acronym PiS).

JarosÅ‚aw’s identical twin brother Lech founded the party with him and served as President of Poland from 2005 until his death in 2010, when he died in a plane crash that killed 95 other people.

The political views of the current PiS leader are polarizing and he sits on the far right of the spectrum.

Identical twin brothers Lech (left) and Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) at a meeting in Gdansk in 2005

Identical twin brothers Lech (left) and Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) at a meeting in Gdansk in 2005

Jarosław believes that Poland should shy away from Western culture and return to its conservative and Roman Catholic origins.

He has been widely criticized for his views on the gay community, views also shared by his brother Lech.

Although he said he accepts that homosexuals are not treated any differently from the rest of the population, he said they should not be allowed to teach in schools. He also previously said “The assertion of homosexuality will lead to the downfall of civilization. We cannot accept it.”

Yet although his views are traditionally ultra-conservative, he has a soft spot for animals, especially cats.

His bill banning the breeding of animals for their fur was seen as redemptive for Jarosław in the eyes of some of his rivals.

Warsaw has long disagreed with Brussels on democratic standards and the independence of its judiciary.

The Supreme Court has been asked to review the status of EU law by the ruling coalition in the country, which is dominated by the EU skeptical conservative party and Prime Minister Morawiecki.

Mr Kaczynski welcomed the court ruling and said that Brussels’ ability to overturn the Polish government means that Poland is “not a sovereign state”.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (pictured) said the current German government's support for European federalism was

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (photo) said the current German government’s support for European federalism was “utopian and therefore dangerous”

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (left) stands behind leader of the ruling Conservative Party in Poland Jaroslaw Kaczynski (right) earlier this month during a meeting of leaders of the Tory Populist Party in Warsaw, Poland

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (left) stands behind leader of the ruling Conservative Party in Poland Jaroslaw Kaczynski (right) earlier this month during a meeting of leaders of the Tory Populist Party in Warsaw, Poland

He argued that Brussels has’no right to interfere “in Polish affairs, echoing arguments made in Britain by pro-Brexit leaders who were angry with the European bureaucracy restricting Westminster’s ability to govern.

At the time, EU leaders fought back against the decision. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said she was “deeply concerned” by the decision.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Poland must “fully and completely” implement EU law.


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