Germany calls on Poland to "fully" implement EU law
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Over the weekend, Poland saw a number of rallies held in response to a court ruling that said key EU laws were “incompatible” with the Polish constitution. The ruling raised concerns Poland could follow Britain and leave the EU.
However, the Polish government has denied having such intentions.
Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, defended the ruling and said his party had no plans for Polexit.
He wrote on Facebook: “This is a harmful myth, which the opposition uses for its own lack of ideas about Poland’s responsible place in Europe.”
Now, the European Commission and its President Ursula von der Leyen have been urged to crack down on Mr Morawiecki’s nation.
Writing in his latest column in the German news outlet, RND, journalist Damir Fras accused Poland of not caring about the “opinion of its people”.
He went on to say: “Poland has only benefitted from membership in the EU.
“It is therefore completely unacceptable that the government in Warsaw has been ignoring the common set of rules, without which the EU cannot function, for years.”
Mr Fras called on the EU Commission to take “tough action” against Poland and said no money should be transferred from Brussels to Warsaw.
He wrote: “The European Commission must now take tough action.
“EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has no other choice.
“As long as Poland does not recognise the primacy of EU law, no money may be transferred from Brussels to Warsaw.
“It will be painful for the pro-EU people in Poland.
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“But it may make them look for an alternative to the ideologues who are currently ruling them.
“The next elections are in two years.”
Poland rejected the principle of the primacy of EU law over national legislation in certain judicial matters.
The legal challenge was brought by Mr Morawiecki in March this year.
This marked the first time in the history of the 27-strong EU bloc that a leader of a member state had questioned wholesale EU treaties in a constitutional court, the BBC reported.
Mr Morawiecki wanted to prevent Polish judges from using EU law to question the legitimacy of judges following recent changes to the judiciary.
These changes were criticised by the European Commission for undermining judicial independence and increasing political control over courts.
EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said she was “deeply concerned by the ruling”.
She vowed to “uphold the founding principles of the EU’s legal order”.
Poland has increasing been at odds with the EU Commission over issues ranging from LGBTQ+ rights to judicial independence.
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg
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