PUBLISHED: 08:20, Thu, Nov 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:20, Thu, Nov 19, 2020
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the EU of spreading propaganda and treating member states unfairly as crisis economic talks continue to unravel. Poland and Hungary have vetoed the EU’s £980billion (€1.1trillion) seven-year budget, known as the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), as well as the £671bn (€750bn) coronavirus recovery fund.
Warsaw and Budapest have refused to support the entire financial plan, even though they are beneficiaries, as the funds are conditional on respecting the rule of law.
The two countries remain under EU investigation for undermining the independence of courts, media and non-governmental organisations and with the condition in place they risk losing access billions of pounds.
Mr Morawiecki said: "The rule of law and breaking the rule of law have become a propaganda stick in the EU.
"We reject this position, we reject this approach. We know well from the times of Polish United Workers' Party, from the Communist times, the use of these propaganda sticks."
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has condemned the EU (Image: GETTY)
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the EU of spreading propaganda (Image: GETTY)
He added: “We say a loud ‘yes’ to the EU, but we say a loud ‘no’ to various mechanisms that chasten us like children and treat Poland and other EU member states unequally.”
Speaking in the lower chamber of the Polish parliament on Wednesday, the Polish leader claimed the institution of the EU enabled “arbitrary decisions” to be made by officials in favour of more powerful nations