Europe can be great again but without the EU, claims MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz
MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz claims the European Union stands on the brink of collapse because its core interests no longer serve the common goals of a once proud continent. He said it is now only in the interests of an unelected elite which has led Europe astray.
The disgruntled Polish politician and member of the Congress of the New Right (KNP) argued that Brussel’s leadership has time and time again shown its “insolence” in the face of crisis, and he is now voicing his concerns.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Iwaszkiweicz underlined that the “sick” European project is holding back Europe from achieving greatness.
He said: “Europe used to be great and its civilisation used to radiate throughout the rest of the world. We can still be great and perform heroic deeds, but without the EU.
“The strength of Europe always has and always should be a healthy competitions between its nations, based on the Schengen system and a free flow of people, capital, services or goods”.
But the problem is that the bloc’s unelected leadership’s has forgotten that every single member state is a sovereign country, with its own laws, governments and cultural principles, Mr Iwaszkiewicz said.
The politician is certain that Brussels’ ongoing conflict with Warsaw is evident proof that the EU diktat is about expressing control and not mutual cooperation.
The situation has devolved to a degree where Mr Iwaszkiewicz sees no other outcome of Poland being pushed out, other than a total collapse of the Union.
This is not the European Union that Poland entered or ever wanted, he underlined.
The MEP said: “An anonymous and unelected official from Brussels dictates how Poland must spend its own money. It is absurd.
“Locked away in their glass palaces, these officials and commissioners have no idea about how the common people live, what their problems are and what they need.
The Polish MEP believes the sovereignty of individual states is key to integration
“Instead of a European-wide integration that Poland was very keen on, we have an institution which imposes its worldview. No more, no less.”
He added: “The European Union is a temporary project, not an eternal one. Europe and her nations are eternal.
We can still be great and perform heroic deeds, but without the EU
“When this sick project finally disappears from the European cards of history, only then will we truly integrate and cooperate just like we used to a century ago.”
Warsaw’s long running conflict with Brussels kicked off several months ago, when the EU’s top chiefs clashed with Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) over a controversial overhaul of the judiciary.
Critics pointed out that the changes were a threat to the independence of the courts, but others argued that the EU had no right to interfere into Poland’s internal affairs.
Tensions flared last December when Jean-Claude Juncker and Frans Timmermans issued their final ultimatum and attempted to strip Poland of its voting rights with Article 7.
But all of this has only served to anger the Polish public, and is one of the many reasons why anti-EU sentiments are on the rise across Europe, according to Mr Iwaszkiewicz.
The MEP said: “Recently we have been having to deal with the growing insolence of EU officials – those that have not been elected in any elections, are attempting to tell a democratic government of a democratic nation how to govern.
“The Polish people have elected a programme that they want realised, and it is not Mr Juncker’s or Mr Verhofstadt’s programme. If Poland does ever leave the EU, it will be due to these men’s wishes.
“The average Pole values his freedom and does like it when it someone tells him how to live, what to eat, what to drive, how to work, what he can buy, what to say and who he must have as a neighbour and that is exactly what the EU is doing.
“The average Pole wants the polish to govern in Poland because this is our nation. The average Pole wants to be governed by people who consider his interests and safety first and foremost, and that is not the EU.”
Mr Iwaszkiewicz said the EU stands in the way of true European cooperation and integration
But is unlikely that the situation will sort itself out any time soon, because the MEP does not see any good will on the EU’s side.
However, he is sceptical that the EU will take any decisive measures to permanently boot Poland out of the bloc, because the loss would be too heavy to bear.
Instead he argued that EU leaders will continue to realise “their own political intrigues”.
Mr Iwaszkiewicz said: “I am aware that for a country as big as Poland to leave the EU, would spell the end of this project, which is why the UE leaders will not decide for this final act.
“I stand by Poland will my whole heart and I believe that the Government can work out a modus vivendi with the EU.”
Unless this rapidly changes for the better, the politician said that the EU will be stuck in an eternal deadlock, drifting from one political crisis to the next.