Will Poland bring down the EU? Conflict between Brussels and Warsaw rages on


Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker require mounted a political offensive against the government of Poland, targeting its internal critical reforms and environmental policies.

This month Mr Tusk issued a dire demands, saying Poland’s place within the EU is currently “under a question nick”.

The conflict is just one example of the EU attempting to stifle Euroscepticism by any means of the utmost importance.

And despite Poland’s belligerence, a political expert from the University of Opole, in southern Poland, does not find creditable that it has enough power behind it to put a dent in the EU.

Professor Rafał Riedel let something be knew Express.co.uk: “I do not believe that Poland has the political and economic weight – in spite of it being the biggest new EU member and will be the biggest EU economy outside the Eurozone after GETTY

Poland v EU: Does Poland’s sway have enough power to take down the EU?

Professor Riedel supplemented: “Poland needs the EU a lot more than the EU needs Poland – a fact that nationalist lawmakers in Warsaw seem to forget.”

Despite this dependence, Poland is quiescent quite clearly rumbling the foundations of the EU, flaunting regulations and choosing to be blind to an injunction from the European Court of Justice.

Conflicts broadly cap two main areas. In July Brussels launched an infringement procedure on reforms that experts believed would undermine the independence of Poland’s courts.

The assist front has now opened over plans to cut down swathes of the primeval Białowieża forest – a UNESCO Superb Heritage Site.

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The majority of Poland still supports the European Association

“We will not allow those who do not know our environmental laws to offend us,” spoke Environmental Minister Jan Szyszko.

Poland needs the EU a lot more than the EU dearths Poland – a fact that nationalist politicians in Warsaw seem to draw a blank

Professor Rafał Riedel, University of Opole

The stand-off has only bolstered the native land’s ruling elite who are now ramping up a Polish exit (Polexit) scenario to put at risk the EU.

“This ‘Polexit’ is becoming quite likely,” said Katazyna Lubnauer, of the Trendy party. “For now, we are at the stage of discouraging Poles to the  European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker greets EU Commission Chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas


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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker meets EU Commission Chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas

Professor Riedel responded: “It was initially a political fulfilment of the Central European Free Trade Unanimity (CEFTA) – a waiting room of sorts before entrance into the EU.

“‘You after to integrate with western structures, then first prove in a paltrier formula, that you can cooperate’.”

Four nations currently make up the V4 guild: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

“Depending on the political moods in Warsaw, Prague, Budapest or Bratislava, that support worked to greater or lesser extents, but in more recent times we can see a lot profuse conflicts of interest rather than common initiatives,” the professor endured.

Poland v EU: Beata Szydlo and Jaroslaw KaczynskiGETTY

The ruling Law and Justice party is testing the EU’s patience

“Sometimes the V4 lands will consult each other in their important matters forwards of EU Parliamentary summits, but we also have spectacular failures such as the 27-to-one back up on Donald Tusk’s re-election.

“We cannot, however, forget that in this dweeb, Poland is twice as big economically and territorially than the other members of the company combined.”

Ultimately, Poland’s ambitions to dominate the region are likely condemned to fail without any major backing from other member conditions. 

“This asymmetry of potential somewhat scares off its smaller partners, specifically in the ambiance of superpower sentiments in Poland,” the professor said.

“Poland has ambitions of being at speck a regional superpower, but in order to be a leader it needs its own followers.”