The announcement by the European Commission—the European Union’s executive—that it has launched proceedings against Poland for breaching European common values and rule of law under Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union, places that organization before its greatest challenge since Brexit—and has the possibility to split the EU between East and West.
According to a statement released by the European Commission, Poland has, “despite repeated efforts, for almost two years,” failed to engage “in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework.”
As a result, the EC has “concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland” and that it will take action to “protect the rule of law in Europe.”
(Of course, the EC took no such actions when German chancellor Angela Merkel unilaterally abrogated the rule of law when she declared the Dublin Agreement on “refugees” being processed at their first state of entry into the EU, a move which provoked the mass 2015/2016 Third World invasion of Europe).
The issue over which the EC has taken offense in Poland has to do with judicial reforms which have placed that country’s judiciary under the political control of the ruling majority.
“In the absence of judicial independence, serious questions are raised about the effective application of EU law, from the protection of investments to the mutual recognition of decisions in areas as diverse as child custody disputes or the execution of European Arrest Warrants,” the EC statement added—leaving out the all-important fact that this might also apply to their plans to force Poland to take in thousands of nonwhite invaders as part of their outrageous “migrant redistribution program.”
While the EC’s statement is only a warning, Article 7 could lead to sanctions and a suspension of EU voting rights.
Polish President Andrzej Duda rejected the EU’s rhetoric as “lies” and said its push to invoke Article 7 was driven by political motives.
“Very many representatives of European institutions tell lies about Poland; They’re lying. They lie when they say that there are changes in Poland that lead to violations of the rule of law because we are improving democratic standards,” Duda told Poland’s Polsat commercial television.
“Unfortunately, I believe there is a lot of hypocrisy in the actions of the European Union. I’m sad to say it, but that’s what I think,” he added.
EU member states must now decide by a two-thirds majority whether they agree with the Commission’s recommendation to trigger Article 7. If agreed, Poland could see its voting rights suspended.
However, Poland also has three months to remedy the situation by implementing a series of recommendations by the Commission aimed at restoring judicial legitimacy.
PiS spokeswoman Beata Mazurek dismissed the Commission’s decision to trigger Article 7, saying the decision “had no merit” and that it was “solely a political decision.”
Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, who also serves as chief prosecutor as part of the judicial reforms, said Poland’s government “must continue the reforms.”
Just hours after Wednesday’s EU rebuke, Duda signed two of the offending judicial reforms into law, prompting accusations from opposition politicians that the government was “going to war with the EU.”
Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen decried the Commission’s decision, saying Budapest will “defend” Poland by vetoing any disciplinary measures.
Poland’s national-conservative government has justified the measures, claiming the courts need to change because they are inefficient and remain steeped in a communist-era mentality.
The division has highlighted the differences between the Visegrad nations of the east and the liberal-infected western EU states, and is the clearest indication yet that another EU split may be on the cards.