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    Poland FM Slams EU Chief Tusk as 'Icon of Evil and Stupidity'

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    The ongoing deterioration of relations between the EU and Poland took a further nosedive after Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski described the EU Council President Donald Tusk as "the icon of evil and stupidity."

    The foreign minister's remarks, in a radio interview with Krakow's RMF FM, marks the latest in a series of diplomatic tussles over a series of decisions taken by the Polish Government since the Law and Justice Party (PiS) came to power in 2015.

    The President of the European Council and former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (L) is welcomed by Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo (R) during an official reception in Warsaw on September 13, 2016.
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    The President of the European Council and former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (L) is welcomed by Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo (R) during an official reception in Warsaw on September 13, 2016.

    The EU has been heavily critical of changes made to the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, which Brussels claims are undemocratic and a threat to Europe's 'Rule of Law' principle. The Polish Government has also drawn criticism for a crackdown on the media including — most recently — a threat to limit the media reporting of the state parliament.

    The personal attack on Tusk — who was prime minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014 — reveals the depth of anger in Warsaw over interventions from the EU.

    "I wish that he would stay far away from Poland. [Tusk is] the icon of evil and stupidity. We would like to have a normal democracy, that when someone wins an election, they have the right to rule, to achieve their plan and program," Waszczykowski said.

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    In December 2015, the Polish Government added five 'politically friendly' judges to the country's Constitutional Tribunal, in a move seen by critics as making it easier to push through legislation with less opposition.

    ​The amendment meant that the tribunal would need a two-thirds majority to take a decision on constitutional matters instead of a simple majority. The minimum number of judges needed to make a decision was also raised from nine to 13, making it more difficult to convene a quorum.

    Former Chief Justice Andrzej Rzeplinski ruled, December 2015, that many sections of the new laws were illegal. However, the Warsaw Government has ignored the ruling.

    The European Commission has also said it will not recognize the appointment of the new President of the Constitutional Court — Julia Przylebska, who, with her husband, is seen as being close to the Polish President Andrzej Duda — who replaced Rzeplinski, whose term ended December 19.

    "It is enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union. The European Commission, together with the European Parliament and the Council, is responsible under the Treaties for guaranteeing the respect of the rule of law as a fundamental value of our Union and making sure that EU law, values and principles are respected," the Commission said in a statement, December 21. 

    The Commission has given the Polish Government until the end of February 2017 to resolve the issues or face the removal of its voting rights in the EU — a sanction never before exercised in the EU.

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    • AnomicDust
      Conflict of national vs trans-national ungovernability.
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      ivanwa88
      Witold got the personal assessment spot on....bulls eye!
    • avatar
      copius
      Poland has to break away from EU.
      POEXIT
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      topolcats
      The EU Council setting is Brussels is frankly ridiculous and unworkable...it is a facsimile of the old USSR and we all saw how much resentment dictatorial rule had on the people of those members states. I am not against alliances within states such as the The Shanghai Cooperation Organization or Brics....But the EU Council is not at all liberal but a pack of arrogant and incompetent American stooges....Exactly how the CIA planed the EU to be under its direct proxie control....Let as all wait in glee at its self destruction!
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      jas
      "I wish that he would stay far away from Poland. [Tusk is] the icon of evil and stupidity. We would like to have a normal democracy, that when someone wins an election, they have the right to rule, to achieve their plan and program," Waszczykowski said.
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      I have to agree with him. EU country elections for other than Germany are mostly sybolic and powerless. People like Tusk and Merkel make the rules.
    • Hermes
      We haven't even seen the reaction of the eastern european countries to their forced multiculturalisation yet.
    • avatar
      double bonus
      Calling a pole-lock an 'Icon of Stupidity' is more of an identity than a criticism.
    • basho
      one of the few things PL has said lately that makes sense.

      looks like it's really getting unhinged in PL and in the EU. who would have thought.
    • sapper
      Took her a long time to realise this!!
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      Marques rouges
      Swiss voted to limit the number of immigrants into their country. The pro EU government was against it and opened the gates, while the EU keep threatening to expel Switzerland from Shengen (open borders). 2 years after the vote, immigration has exploded in the country, and although the popular decision should now be enforced, nothing has been done.

      It looks like the globalists are doing everything they can to provoke a violent reaction from the people in Europe, and have populist or nationalist strong leaders come to power, by reaction to their excesses !
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      tobi.gelandoin reply totopolcats(Show commentHide comment)
      topolcats,
      Could not say it better !!! Before USSR in Brussels was installed I have told to any one who like to hear it or not "this will not work" Italy is Italy like French, GB, Germany and the Benelux!!! before there have a good cooperation now there are fighting ho is the leader and now in the Eu we are the slave of the terror state Usa !!!
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