Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has vowed to defend his country’s position if Brussels starts a “third world war”, which could deprive Poland of promised funds.
“What will happen if the European Commission launches a third world war? If a third world war begins, we will defend our rights with any weapon at our disposal,” he was quoted by the Financial Times as saying.
The relationship between Warsaw and Brussels has recently been strained, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warning Poland that its defiance of the EU’s rule of law calls into question the foundations of the 27-nation bloc and cannot go unpunished.
The Polish Constitutional Court had previously ruled that parts of EU law were inconsistent with the Polish constitution, undermining the union’s legal foundation and raising fears that Poland might eventually leave the union.
This tension has already led to Brussels delaying its approval of a 36 billion euro package of measures to help the Polish economy recover from the pandemic.