Defiant Polish PM Clashes With EU Chief On Bloc's Laws
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Tue 19th October 2021 | 01:40 PM
Strasbourg, France, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Oct, 2021 ) :Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused the EU of "blackmail" on Tuesday in a public clash with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen over his country's rejection of parts of EU law.
Von der Leyen, speaking just before Morawiecki took the podium, warned that her Commission -- tasked as guardian of the EU treaties -- "will act" to rein Poland in.
"We cannot and we will not allow our common values to be put at risk," she said, enumerating legal, financial and political options being considered.
Morawiecki, in a speech running over his allotted time, hit back by saying "it is unacceptable to talk about financial penalties.
.. I will not have EU politicians blackmail Poland".
Analysts said the ruling could be a first step towards Poland one day leaving the EU.