Poland wants to remain in the European Union, and its membership in the community has been helpful, but it is imperative that the Polish government defends the “fundamental value of sovereignty of the state” and stands up to Brussels’ “leftist ideology,” the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jarosław Kaczyński, told a rally in the city of Płock over the weekend.
Using the event as an opportunity to comment on the ongoing rule of law dispute between the European Commission and the Polish government, Kaczyński told attendees what he thought of the milestones the Commission had set for Poland to obtain funding from the EU recovery fund.
“I keep hearing all these statements that someone is dissatisfied,” Kaczyński said, referring to comments made by individual members of the Commission that Poland was not keeping to its milestones — his reply was that this had gone too far.
“Enough is enough,” said Kaczyński. “We have demonstrated good will. From the point of view of the treaties, we have no obligation to listen to the EU on the way we organize our judicial system. None at all,” he told the crowd.
The ruling party leader emphasized that Poland wanted to remain true to its beliefs and values. “We are the guardians of our traditions and do not want foreign ways to be forced upon us,” he said, adding that Poland did not want to have a religious or an ideological war.
The PiS leader also praised the achievements of his government and talked about the great advances Poland is making. In his opinion, the years before his party won power were marked by abuse of power, pilfering and asset stripping.
Kaczyński praised his party for how it has coped with the major crises of the last few years, such as the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. He asserted that the war in Ukraine is a lesson that the country remains strong to deter enemy advances.
“This is why we are making plans to rearm,” Kaczyński added.