‘Democracy is being put to the test,’ says Poland’s prime minister, accusing Brussels of infringing on member nations’ sovereignty.
Mateusz Morawiecki, speaking to the Polish parliament on Thursday, declared, “We are at a vital point, you could say at a crossroads in the EU’s history.”
Democracy is being put to the test: how far will European states retreat before some EU institutions steal their powers?
Morawiecki’s charges come as he prepares to defend Poland’s case before the European Parliament next week, following a landmark court ruling that determined Warsaw’s constitution took precedence over EU legislation.
The investigation, which Morawiecki ordered to see if Brussels could prevent Poland from reforming its courts, determined last week that some EU Treaty sections are incompatible with Polish laws and are subordinate to Poland’s constitution.
According to the judgement, the country not only has the right to review the constitutionality of EU laws, but also of rulings issued by its own Court of Justice.
Following the historic judgement, several members of the bloc spoke out against it. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, promised that Brussels will utilize all of its powers to ensure that its laws remain supreme, and that its services had been dispatched to review the judgment “thoroughly and quickly” before taking any further action.
In the meantime, Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn accused the Polish government of “playing with fire,” warning that if European law’s priority is violated, “Europe as we know it…will cease to exist.”
The result, according to France’s European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune, is an attack on the EU and poses a “de facto risk of withdrawal” from the 27-member organization.
The Polish prime minister, on the other hand, stated shortly after the court verdict that Warsaw’s “place is and will be in the European family of nations,” and has since accused the opposition of propagating “false news” about Polexit, calling it “a fiction aimed at weakening the Union.”
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