Polish Prime Minister demands change to combat EU “imperialism”
The European Union is acting imperially toward smaller member nations, according to an op-ed by Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, that was posted on the Welt news website.
In an article for the German news site, Morawiecki called for a more consensus-based strategy, saying that “Political practise has shown that the positions of Germany and France count more than all the others.”
He said, “So we are dealing with a formal democracy and a de facto oligarchy in which the strongest hold power.” He added that both EU and Russian imperialism needed to be opposed.
The prime minister said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine had shown the EU’s flaws. His populist Law and Justice (PiS) administration has often fought with Brussels over concerns of rule of law.
He demanded “profound reform that puts the common good and equality back at the forefront of the union’s principles.”
Polish leaders from the ruling party have warned that if the EU does not provide Poland with its fair share of pandemic recovery funding, Warsaw may retaliate. Brussels has made it clear that it is not happy with Poland’s most recent court changes.