Poland’s rightwing Prime Minister Beata Szydlo vowed Friday that her government would never bow to any EU ultimatum and accused some members of the European Commission of trying to “destroy” the 28-member bloc.
Szydlo was responding to a Monday deadline set by the Commission for Poland to reverse a controversial overhaul of the country’s top court that has set off a fiery dispute between Warsaw and Brussels.
“Poland will never succumb to any ultimatum,” Szydlo told parliament. “There are some in the European Commission… who want to destroy the European Union rather than see it develop.”
The European Union’s executive arm warned earlier this week it could take further action against Poland because of concerns over its commitment to the rule of law.
“If there is no significant progress by May 23, then the First Vice-President (Frans Timmermans) has been empowered to adopt the draft rule of law opinion,” the commission said in a statement Wednesday.