Betrayal and patriotism define the battle between the EU and Poland

When the war broke out in Ukraine and Poland’s opposition attacked its own government in Brussels, Polish political commentator Wojciech Biedroń asks under which flag does the Polish society stand firmly today?

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Wojciech Biedroń

My generation believed in the European Union, and it wanted to be a part of it. What is left of this enthusiasm today? The bitter taste of defeat, but also a reflection on Poland and Europe. Now, the question is, under which flag do we stand most firmly?

Yesterday, when we rightly celebrated a great moment in Polish history, when we recited fragments of the Constitution of May 3, we once again heard Poland described as the pariah of this part of Europe in Strasbourg. Who preached to us about the rule of law? Opposition politicians, who are protecting their friends with pending prosecutorial charges. They tarnish Poland’s reputation, they point fingers at it, and they yell and demand sanctions.

Yes, they want to set Poland on fire using the EU as their fire starter. They want to cause chaos, and to “starve” their own society. Let us remember that for them, for the total opposition, giving EU funds to Poland for the KPO (National Recovery Plan) is a betrayal and a great source of misery.

Never mind that there is a war going on across the border or that the ordinary Poles, municipalities and the Polish government are hosting an unprecedented number of Ukrainian women and children. For Donald Tusk and his group, it is a good opportunity to financially “bleed out” the government that they oppose. The worse it gets, the better it is. The opposition should trademark that motto.

All of them wave the EU flag, just as they waved the rainbow flag, or the one with a red lightning bolt sign, a symbol of the pro-choice movement in Poland. Those are their colors that they honor and set as their role model.

On the other side, under the white and red flag today, stand ordinary Poles. Those who after the changes of 2015 brought by a new government, advanced socially and often also in life. People from small towns, where hope returned and sometimes only a railway connection or a good asphalt road were all the needed to thrive again.

Those people are the ones who support the refugees and changes that were initiated in Poland in 2015 the most. Those Poles are the ones who host our neighbors in their homes and often share their belongings with them. Today, they look upon Brussels and grip the Polish flag even more firmly in response.

They do not understand why billions flowed to Turkey but no help reaches Poland. They demand the EU funds that are due to Poland. They do not believe in the guarantees of the mighty German politicians who say that “Ukraine and Poland should be helped.” Why would they believe them, if Germany is not eager to send real military aid to Ukraine and it blocks the much-needed funds to Poland?

Poles also ask what is next? How will the Union react to the murderous Russian expansion? They ask if the Polish government will continue the support for the Ukrainian struggle and reconstruction? This question should be directed not only to the winners of future elections, but also to the current ruling camp.

Are the particular political party interests more important than common good? Does the majority in United Right understand what dangers that Brussels’ blackmail present? Those questions need to be answered very quickly and the problems in communication between the coalition partners in the United Right and the president must be addressed.

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