Radical right slams government over EU summit outcome

Krzysztof Bosak, one of the leaders of the radical right Confederation, attacked Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki over the Polish government’s stance at the EU summit in Brussels. Mr Bosak believes the price of surrendering powers to Brussels is a high one for the financial gains that have been secured.

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Speaking in a parliamentary debate on the EU summit the Confederation’s unsuccessful presidential candidate Krzysztof Bosak admitted that the sum negotiated by PM Mateusz Morawiecki was impressive. But he said that the PM concentrating purely on the financial aspect betrayed the fact that he had given in on much else.

According to Bosak the summit has led to a “tightening of integration in the direction of federalization and mutual dependence of the member states”. He accused the ruling party of being in league with the Civic Platform (PO) and the left. “You are realizing a federal scenario which was always backed by the left and the liberals, a scenario of a centralised EU with new mechanisms such as “mutual drawing of debt” that has for decades been blocked by the German constitutional court.

Mr Bosak also accused PM Morawiecki of being the principal proponent of EU-wide taxes. “This is a clear signal that PiS is a vehemently pro-EU party which wants ever closer union. “He saw the PM, who once advised Donald Tusk and was in favour of introducing the Euro back in the noughties, as a Euro enthusiast. But he said he was surprised that many PiS MPs who wanted Polish sovereignty and were Eurosceptic were backing this outcome.

He also questioned whether the outcome was really a good deal for Poland. He was reminded about the fact that some wealthy countries had managed to negotiate rebates for which Poland and other EU member states would have to pay through their EU contributions. Mr Bosak listed all the taxes that would be brought in (plastic, CO2 emissions, financial transactions and synthetic materials and coal footprint) as increasing the tax burden on business.

The Confederation’s leader attacked PiS for agreeing to the EU’s environmental policies. “You have agreed to the Green Deal, the climate neutrality goal and extending the trade in emission certificates to the air and sea transport sectors”. He saw this as evidence that the number of EU powers were rising.

He was not convinced that the rule of law issue had been resolved. “We will be arguing for years about what was agreed as it is totally unclear. We will be permanently on the defensive having to explain we are not a lawless state. That is the situation you have put us in. Congratulations,” he concluded.

Confederation is a party made up of nationalists, free marketeers and radical Catholics. What unites them is their opposition to the EU and belief that Poland should be sovereign. They are also sceptical about the close relationship with the US and want to see Poland attempt to improve its relations with Russia.

The party wants to challenge the ruling PiS for votes among the young, small entrepreneurs and those disaffected with the EU. In the Presidential election the party secured a respectable seven percent of the vote, repeating the result they managed in the parliamentary elections last year. It has 11 deputies in the Lower House of Parliament.