- ‘This is WAR!’ Defiant Poland Vows to FIGHT Brussels as Divisions Threaten to Rip EU Apart
by NICK GUTTERIDGE, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT, http://www.express.co.uk/
BRUSSELS’ growing crisis in Eastern Europe intensified last night as defiant Polish ministers insisted they will fight eurocrats’ attempts to block their controversial domestic reforms.
Warsaw openly mocked Jean-Claude Juncker’s Commission and vowed to follow the abrasive eurosceptic line set by near neighbour Hungary as relations between the EU and its eastern members plunged further into the mire.
Senior Polish figures strongly indicated they will ignore any European Court of Justice (ECJ) order against them after eurocrats decided to launch infringement proceedings over changes to the judiciary.
Brussels has been alarmed by plans to reform the justice system in Poland, including by giving ministers more powers over the hiring and firing of judges, saying they contravene European law. A number of independent commentators and experts have also expressed grave concerns over the proposals, which it is feared would put too much influence over the legal system in the hands of politicians.