Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has predicted that this year’s European elections will lead to big changes for Brussels.
In an interview with the Financial Times, the PM stated: “Brussels and the European Commission need to be very receptive to what is going on in different countries … The voice of different countries, and in particular central European countries, will need to be heard much more clearly.”
He continued: “The EU as an institution needs reform…and when I speak to prime ministers from other countries, most of them agree that a serious revamp of procedures and institutions is needed, but everyone is waiting for the European elections”
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These comments are likely to send warning signs to leaders of the continental bloc, who will be wary that the polls indicate growing support for a number of far-right parties. This anti-establishment wave, that washes across Europe, includes: Matteo Salvini’s League in Italy, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France, Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party in Hungary and the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany. All of whom are defined by nationalist rhetoric and seek to provide alternatives to the struggling European project.
Poland is currently experiencing a clash with EU authorities, as it faces disciplinary proceedings over Warsaw’s judicial reform. Poland has called for the implementation of this contentious rule of law verdict to be dropped. As well as this case at the ECJ, Brussels is undergoing a wider enquiry into whether Poland complies with the EU’s core values. The probe is commonly known as the Article 7 procedure, could in theory lead to Warsaw’s EU voting rights being suspended. The EU remains concerned that Poland is undermining democratic checks and balances.
In a continuing war of words Poland’s leader has drawn comparison between the recent developments in his country and the worsening situation in France, where Emmanuel Macron’s presidency is increasingly under threat.