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Prime Minister of Poland: no one can lecture us about democracy and the rule of law

Prime Minister of Poland: no one can lecture us about democracy and the rule of law

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Friday that no one has the right to lecture his country on democracy after the EU said that negotiations on the payment of billions of euros to Warsaw are still ongoing because of problems with the rule of law.

The Polish prime minister said this on his Facebook Friday.

“No one will teach us what democracy and the rule of law are, because Poland has a very long and noble history of fighting all kinds of totalitarianism and despots,” he said.

“We fought for the rule of law and democracy during the terrible years of communism, but we have a much older tradition of democracy, and we don’t want anyone in Western Europe to tell us what democracy is, what the rule of law is because we know better,” the Polish prime minister added.

Two days ago, European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni said Poland’s lawsuit over the EU’s rule of law was one of the issues discussed on the eve of Poland’s allocation of billions of euros for pandemic recovery.

Earlier this year, Morawiecki asked the country’s Constitutional Court to decide what takes precedence in Poland: the Polish Constitution or EU law.

The court postponed its ruling; the next session is scheduled for September 22.



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