In an interview for Polish weekly “Tygodnik Solidarność”, the leader of the French National Rally Marine Le Pen criticized recent European Commission actions against Poland.
“The European Union and its institutions are fulfilling their political plan in the direction of European federalism, which aims to standardize norms and values and gradually erode nation states and their particularities. The Commission’s policy has become a forbidden area for ordinary people. The EU’s main foundation resolves around member states giving up their sovereignty. This covers the right of self-determination of nations, as well as the defense of their culture, values, way of life, and traditions,” she warned.
Le Pen also underlined her support for bilateral relations in international policy and proposed a surprising concept in which France could bear the burden of the fines imposed on Poland by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU).
“Our years-long friendship should also express itself in solidarity, especially in the situation in which Poland is subjected to unjust financial sanctions from the EU’s side. I have therefore proposed that France could pay the fine imposed on Poland and would deduct it from its payment to the EU budget,” she announced.
Meanwhile, as part of the diplomatic offensive associated with the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki gave an interview for French “Le Figaro”.
The Prime Minister emphasized that Poland will not pay the fine imposed by the CJEU and stated that the EU had exceeded its prerogatives.
“The EU is an organization which can decide only in matters given to it by sovereign states. For decades this was clear to everyone, but as usually happens, institutions want to expand their powers: the European Parliament. The CJEU and European Commission want to expand their powers,” he said.
Morawiecki explained that this was the reason why EU institutions claim they can decide about affairs that are not mentioned in treaties.
“I do not agree with this. I am very thankful that so many of the candidates in the French presidential elections have expressed solidarity with Poland,” he added.
The PM also believes that Europe had found itself at a turning point in the history of the EU. Will it become a centralized bureaucratic organization in which all the most important decisions will be made by Berlin? Or will it remain 27 independent member states?
“Through the EU Treaty of Accession, we did not give such powers to the EU and we want to maintain our sovereignty in the state that it has been in the past,” he said.