'France and Germany count more' Poland blasts 'imperialist' EU as tensions rise over funds

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More than €35billion (£30billion) of COVID-19 recovery grants and loans were put on hold due to a dispute over the reforms to the judiciary in Poland, which the EU executive says subvert democratic standards.

In June, the European Commission (EC) approved funds for Poland, but its head Ursula von der Leyen said more work needed to be done on the rule of law during a visit, when she met with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

PiS said, however, that its flagship reforms aimed to make the system more efficient and denied meddling with the courts for political gain.

“If there is an attempt to block the payment … and the European Commission tries to pressure us, then we have no choice but to pull out all the cannons in our arsenal and respond with barrage fire,” Krzysztof Sobolewski, PiS secretary general told Polish public radio.

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