European Union: a source of ‘crises’

European Union: a source of ‘crises’

WARSAW: (APP) European Union: a source of ‘crises’


The European Union has become a source of "crisis" for Poland, its foreign minister said Thursday amid a cooling of ties between Brussels and the new rightwing government in Warsaw.


"We know today that more Europe means more crisis in Poland," Witold Waszczykowski said in a statement published on the foreign ministry website.


He slammed Germany's plans for a second pipeline, Nord Stream 2, to carry Russian gas under the Baltic Sea.


Poland has long seen the project as a threat to its energy security,  which stems from its role as a transit country for Russian gas via the Yamal-Europe pipeline.


He also criticised the EU's Eastern Partnership programme, designed to draw former Soviet states closer to the bloc, for having failed to stabilise countries like Poland's eastern neighbour Ukraine.


Relations between Poland and European institutions cooled in recent months after the populist-oriented Law and Justice (PiS) government pushed through several pieces of controversial legislation to overhaul the Constitutional Court and strengthen state controls over public broadcasters.


The moves have raised serious concern both at home and abroad about the health of Poland's 27-year-old democracy.