“If money flows from the KPO, will it help the ruling party? Nobody calculates that in Brussels.”
Since PiS rules in Poland, you need to negotiate and get along with PiS – explains the way of thinking of Brussels officials, Jan Cienski, a journalist of the Politico Europe portal, which has its headquarters in Brussels.
The West, however, views PiS differently – mainly thanks to Poland’s involvement in helping Ukraine. Until recently, every Western leader who visited Warsaw – apart from meetings with the prime minister and president – devoted his time to the opposition. Now that has changed. – The best evidence for this is consent The European Commission to mobilize funds from Of the National Reconstruction Plan – comments Jan Cienski in Jacek Tacik’s “Polish-Non-Polish Conversations”.
Jacek Tacik: The West has reconciled with PiS?
Jan Cienski: The West is realistic about the situation and understands that Poland has played a key role in the context war in Ukraine. The importance of Poland has completely changed. It is different from the one from before February this year.
The best proof of this is the consent of the European Commission to mobilize funds from the National Reconstruction Plan. Ursula von der Leyen she was content with a few cosmetic changes in the judiciary proposed by PiS. Before the war with Ukraine – if similar proposals were made – there would be no compromise.
PiS received an absolution?
He will receive them when the money flows. The mere consent to the release of funds is not tantamount to their release. A few more steps have to be taken, but – and it is true – the feeling is that the European Union has given way to the rule of law. Poland seemed to have got its way.
A reward for your commitment to helping Ukraine?
Poland – and this has not changed – does not fall within the definition of a state ruled by the rule of law with a liberal democracy. However, the West and the European Union came to the conclusion that during this period it is necessary to stick together, to extinguish disputes, to join, not to divide. Poland is the most important frontline country in the context of Ukraine. Rzeszów has become a key city for smuggling weapons to Ukraine.
Fear of losing Poland?
Poland is not going anywhere …
… But Hungary is gone.
Even at the beginning of the year, there was a strong Hungarian-Polish front against Brussels, but the PiS government – at least officially – tries to avoid this topic. Jarosław Kaczyński said something critical of the Hungarian prime minister, but it ended there. Poland, however, cannot cut itself off from Hungary, because it needs them to block the famous article 7 of the Treaty on European Union, which – due to violations of the rule of law – EU countries would be willing to launch to punish the Polish government.
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