Mateusz Morawiecki speaking in Madrid at the convention of Spain’s conservative Vox party said that Poland will not agree to the creation of a “transnational beast” and that he would not apologize for being a Pole and a Christian committed to values such as freedom and solidarity.
Morawiecki also declared that Poland and Spain share common values despite being some distance apart geographically. Both, he argued, want to see a Europe embedded in the tradition of sovereign nation states.
The Polish prime minister criticized the European Union for investing in bureaucracy and widening its competences rather than concentrating on giving added value to the nation states. As a result, what he described as “eurocrats” were attempting to create a soulless transnational beast and to destroy the traditions Europe had originally been built on. He also criticized the European Commission for having learned little from Brexit, as evidenced from the way it behaved over the election in Italy.
Morawiecki said that the war in Ukraine was a moment of awakening for Europe. “The Kremlin had acted like a drug dealer selling cheap gas to make countries dependent on it,” said Morawiecki. “Now, we see the real price of gas and are paying for it in inflation and blood spilled in Ukraine.”
Vox and Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS), which Morawiecki is a member of, are both members of the European Conservative Reformers (ECR) group in the European Parliament, alongside Georgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party which topped the poll in the Italian elections last month and the Czech conservative ODS headed by Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
The ECR ‘s adoption of Poland’s stance on the war in Ukraine has become a stumbling block to any joint block with other right-wing parties such as Fidesz in Hungary, Marine Le Pen’s Nattional Rally party in France and Matteo Salvini’s League party.