Poland's presence in EU not threatened - president

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President Andrzej Duda has told the Wprost weekly that Poland's EU membership is not threatened. According to the Polish head of state, Brussels elites could be unsatisfied with Poland since "it has harmed someone's interests."

Asked whether the opposition is right maintaining that Poland is isolated in Europe and warning against Polexit, President Duda said it was a pure nonsense. He added that Poland's presence in the EU was not threatened.

According to the president, even if someone wanted to have a referendum regarding Poland's EU membership, they would lose it since the results of many surveys show that 80 percent of Poles support the country's presence in the EU.

Answering a question whether a debate regarding European values and the rule of law was not "a smokescreen," the president said he could not accept a situation in which there were "equal and more equal (members)" in the EU.

"The Spanish authorities have recently not accepted a verdict issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) regarding a politician calling for Catalonia's independence. And the European Parliament agreed with Spain's position. Does this mean that Spain does not have to recognise CJEU's rulings and Poland has to?," the president asked.