Prime minister: EU, not Warsaw, has problem with Poland's reputation

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo declared Friday that the country "would not allow others to impose their will" on her country, amid pressure from the European Commission over Warsaw's judicial reforms.

"It's not Poland that has a problem with its reputation, it's the European Commission," the national-conservative politician said in a speech to parliament Friday that elicited applause.

However, the Polish opposition accused Szydlo and her government of provoking an unnecessary confrontation with the European Union.

German EU commissioner Guenther Oettinger dismissed the comments, with the PAP Polish news agency quoting him as saying that "the European Commission has no problems with [Poland's] reputation, the European Commission has its own obligations."

On Monday, the commission will issue a formal set of objections "unless significant progress is made by the Polish authorities" to resolve them, it said in a statement.

Poland's government, which took office in November, has come under criticism for laws that are designed to strengthen its grip on the constitutional court, as well as media reforms giving Warsaw a greater say over senior appointments to the public broadcasters.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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