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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister, stated in Berlin on Monday that Poland has one of the longest-standing histories of government in Europe, and thus they “do not need to be schooled in democracy or the rule of law.”
His comments appear to be references to a protracted dispute between Warsaw and Brussels that has resulted in Poland being locked out of a multi-billion dollar euro fund owing to EU concerns that the Polish government is undermining democracy and the rule of law.
Morawiecki said that Poland has “one of the oldest traditions of statehood in Europe and that the Polish constitution was the first in Europe.”
According to Morawiecki, “the only thing we should learn together is cooperation for the future of Europe” and that “union should not be confused with unification.”