Kaczynski accuses Brussels of building 'superstate'

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Poland's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has accused Brussels of trying to build a superstate with a hierarchy of nation states.

In a speech at the European Parliament on Tuesday, Poland's prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, presented the rationale behind a recent Constitutional Tribunal's verdict stating that Poland's constitution takes precedence before EU treaties.

Morawiecki's speech met with criticism from most MEPs and his arguments were also countered by the European Council president, Ursula von der Leyen who warned of possible repercussions against Poland.

In an interview with the right-wing newspaper Gazeta Polska on Wednesday, Kaczynski accused EU institutions of trying to change the Polish government, and of building a European superstate.

"A change of government in Poland into a more docile and subordinate one will facilitate the accomplishment of the second strategic and long-range goal," Kaczynski said.

"(The goal) is not a federal Europe, but a superstate that is completely undemocratic, with a hierarchy of nations where some countries maintain the status of sovereignty, for example Germany and German citizens, but Poland and Poles do not," he said.

He also said that "in the most important matter, the one concerning our sovereignty, we won't take even a quarter of a step back."

The EU has accused Law and Justice, Poland's ruling party, of politicising the justice system, but the country's conservative government maintains its justice reforms are merely a way of re-organising the justice system in Poland.

In a July ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ordered Poland to shut down a disciplinary panel at the Supreme Court, saying that it lacks independence and can be used by the government to silence defiant judges.

Despite the ruling party leader's declaration that the government will close down the panel, nothing has been done to implement the CJEU ruling yet.

But in the Gazeta Polska interview, Kaczynski said that the justice overhaul had not been completed and the government was going to step up the process.

"We will continue to do our tasks to reach our goals," he said.

On Tuesday, von der Leyen said Poland needs to shut down the disciplinary body, restore the rule of law and allow suspended judges to go back to work.