Polish opposition leader says he's leading PiS party

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Polish opposition leader says he's leading PiS party

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice PiS party, is leading Poland out of the EU, says Donald Tusk, the leader of Poland's biggest opposition party and former prime minister.

Tusk said that Poland would have to consider rearranging relations with the EU in response to a recent magazine interview with Kaczynski. Poland is in a protracted rule-of- law dispute with the EU over judiciary reforms, with Brussels focusing on a disciplinary chamber for judges established by the government, which it says could put political pressure on courts.

The European Commission EC has blocked Poland's access to a post-pandemic recovery fund until it complies with the EU Court of Justice CJEU rulings that require Poland to close down the chamber.

In response to the CJEU verdict, a new law written by Andrzej Duda, Poland's president, replaces the disciplinary chamber with a professional responsibility chamber. The head of the European Central Bank, Ursula von der Leyen, said recently that this may be insufficient to unblock the post-pandemic funding.

In an interview over the weekend, Kaczynski said Poland has shown a maximum of good will and readiness to compromise in the rule-of- law conflict, but the EU's reluctance to unblock the post-pandemic aid has forced his party to consider altering its relationship with the EU.

We have shown a maximum of good will, we agreed to compromise solutions, but evidently this is not what it is all about. If we win, we'll have to rearrange our relations with the EU, Kaczynski said. On Twitter, Tusk, who leads the Civic Platform party, wrote that the PiS leader was determined to take Poland out of the EU.

PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski is in the process of extracting us from the EU with the consistency and stubbornness of a maniac. The words about cannons against Brussels sound grotesque, but believe me, this is no laughing matter, Tusk wrote.

He appealed to Polish EU supporters to realize what PiS' intentions were.

Radoslaw Fogiel, a PiS spokesman, said on Tuesday that fantasies about Poland's exit from the EU were completely unfounded and that the party had no intention of taking Poland out of the EU. PAP mb md ej