The chairman of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, called for a reform of the European Union that would strengthen the nation state in an interview published Sunday, or else he warned the bloc could fall apart.
"Either we reform the EU or it will implode," the Polish strongman said in an interview with Rome's La Repubblica newspaper.
The nation state is the only institution that can guarantee democracy and freedom, he said.
He said that polite proposals from Poland made to Brussels had received "a bitter surprise" in response, namely: "Politeness towards Ankara and brutal language towards Warsaw."
Poland will continue to refuse to accept proposed EU quotas for the redistribution of refugees to the member states.
"We feel the pressure, but we won't bend," Kaczynski said.
The EU and Germany had forgotten that Poland had welcomed 1 million refugees from Ukraine, but there was a problem with "the aggression of Muslim immigrants, especially against women," Kaczynski said.