“These People Want to Supervise Poland Again,” the headline on the front page reads.
Another Polish tabloid, wSieci, paints Merkel and Schultz in the company of Russia’s Tsarina Ekaterina II and Prussia’s Frederick II, in the process of separating Poland, which alludes to the 18-century partition of Poland.
“Conspiracy Against Poland – From Tsarina Ekaterina to Merkel,” the headline reads.
Both magazines are weekly tabloids loyal to the new ruling right-wing Polish party PiS (Law and Justice), elected to the national parliament in a majority in October.
The grade of tensions rose high a few days ago after a phrase about the ‘Putinization’ of the Polish government was offered by the EU Parliament President Schulz.
“The Polish government considers its election victory a mandate to subordinate the interests of the state to the interests of the winning party,” Schulz told Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.“That’s democracy carried out in the style of [Russian leader Vladimir] Putin and a dangerous ‘Putinization’ of European politics.”
German EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said last week he would press the EU to put Poland under “supervision” over changes it made to its Constitutional Court and a new media law passed that was hurriedly before Christmas.
Poland’s justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro responded by writing an open letter stating:
“You [Oettinger] demanded that Poland be placed under ‘supervision.’ Such words, spoken by a German politician, have the worst possible connotations for Poles. Also in me. I’m a grandson of a Polish officer, who during World War II fought in the underground National Army against ‘German supervision’.”