Poland’s ruling national conservative party has significantly toughened its rhetoric against Brussels and threatened to point “all guns” at the European Commission (EC) for refusing to allocate funds to fight the pandemic and, if necessary, form a coalition to remove the current head of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen.
As the general secretary of the ruling Law and Justice party, Krzysztof Sobolewski, said, if the EU leaders “try to pin us against the wall, we will have no choice but to take all the weapons from our arsenal” and respond with tit-for-tat tactics.
Sobolevsky threatened that if the EC did not allocate 35 billion euros to help fight the pandemic, Warsaw would sue Brussels, veto all EU initiatives and create a coalition to remove von der Leyen and her panel of European commissioners.
Earlier, the chairman of the ruling party, Yaroslav Kaczynski, said that Warsaw “has no reason to fulfill its obligations” to the European Union. Warsaw has been in a bitter dispute with the European Commission for several months over the allocation of funds for reconstruction. Brussels is demanding that Poland complete a series of rule of law milestones before unlocking grants and loans for the country. At the same time, Warsaw considers these demands as a direct violation of sovereignty.