Polish PM to be Questioned by EU over Court Ruling

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accrued the European Union of “blackmailing” during a debate with the European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen over the rule of law.

Morawiecki went before the European Parliament on Tuesday to respond to concerns about his country’s Constitutional Tribunal’s recent judgment on the priority of EU law.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, expressed grave worry about the judgment, calling it a “direct challenge to the unity of the European legal order” and a threat to judicial independence.

“The @EU_Commission is carefully assessing the recent ruling of the Polish Constitutional Court, But I can already say: I am deeply concerned,” she said in a tweet.

“This ruling calls into question the foundations of the EU. It is a direct challenge to the unity of the European legal order,” von der Leyen added.

Morawiecki condemned “threat rhetoric” and accused the EU of exceeding its authority.

“Blackmail must not be a method of policy,” Morawiecki, Poland’s ruling conservative-nationalist Law and Justice party, told the European Parliament.

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