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Germany may be seeking Ukraine’s help in changing Polish gov’t: ruling party MEP

26.09.2023 11:00
It is possible that Germany has offered Ukraine a fast track to the European Union in exchange for helping undermine the current Polish government, a senior politician with Poland’s ruling conservatives Law and Justice (PiS) has said.
Beata Szydło, a member of the European Parliament with Polands ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.
Beata Szydło, a member of the European Parliament with Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. X/Beata Szydło

Beata Szydło made the comment on the X social media platform on Monday night, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s polskieradio24.pl website reported.

Earlier in the day, Polish public broadcaster TVP’s Brussels correspondent wrote on X that “according to off-the-record conversations in Brussels, Germany and France allegedly promised Ukraine a fast entry to the EU if Kyiv helps overthrow the current Polish government.”

TVP’s Brussels correspondent further added that allegedly according to Berlin and Paris, enlargement of the EU to include Ukraine requires changes in the bloc’s treaties, “which are being blocked by Poland.”

The TVP reporter added that in fact “new countries can be admitted to the EU on the basis of existing treaties.” 

Germany and France are seeking to amend the treaties “solely to increase their powers and the powers of EU institutions,” TVP’s Brussels correspondent wrote, as cited by polskieradio24.pl.  

‘Poland opposes turning EU into a federal state’

Szydło, a former Polish prime minister, commented: “With reference to media reports about Germany enticing Ukraine to act against the Polish government. Yes, the German authorities are currently focused on making a fast change in the European Treaties, to make the EU a federal state, with member states reduced to the role of parts of the federation. As of October, the European Parliament and the European Commission are launching a drive to force a change in the Treaties.”

Szydło, who is a member of the European Parliament, said Poland opposed such plans.

She wrote that the Polish government “will oppose turning Europe into a federation” governed  from Berlin.

Szydło added that for this reason, German politicians “would like to see a change in government in Poland.”

The former prime minister assessed: “Is Germany ‘buying’ Ukrainian authorities with the promise of fast entry to the EU? It is possible.”

Szydło added that accepting an offer of fast entry to the EU in exchange for helping change the government in Poland would be “extremely naive” on the part of the authorities in Kyiv, polskieradio24.pl reported.

Last month, Poland's lawmakers approved a government plan to combine the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 15, with a nationwide referendum on issues including the retirement age and illegal migration.

Voters will head to the ballot box to elect 460 new MPs and 100 senators for a four-year term.

The ruling conservative Law and Justice party and its government coalition allies have maintained a clear lead over the opposition in most recent surveys, polling ahead of the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), the far-right Confederation group, and the Third Way coalition of the rural-based Polish People’s Party (PSL) and the centre-right Poland 2050 grouping.

The ruling conservatives in 2019 won a convincing victory over opposition parties at the ballot box, securing a second term in power.

Tuesday is day 580 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.


Source: polskieradio24.pl, i.pl