There appears to be “a certain lack of communication” in a letter recently sent by the European Commission to the Polish government.
In an interview in Gazeta Polska, leader of the ruling party Jaroslaw Kaczynski had thundered against “the weak EU”. And in Parliament, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had declared that Poland had not received “a single cent from the EU” to deal with the corona crisis.
However, Poland is the country that has received the most money from the EU, according to a statement from the European Stability Initiative. While the hardest hit EU country Italy has received 2.3 billion euros out of the first EU aid package of 37 billion, Poland with its 606 corona deaths so far has received: 7.4 billion euros.
Just to put the numbers in proportion is more than it has cost in Denmark to build six brand new super hospitals and renovating 14 existing ones.
The EU as a favorite opponent
But a Polish presidential election is waiting around the corner, and opposition to the EU is one of the issues that can really get the core voters out of the chair, a new survey from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank shows.
More than half of those who vote for incumbent President Andrzej Duda believe that Polish values are under pressure in Europe. And as many as 64 percent believe that Polish law should always take precedence over EU law.
'EU policy is being exhibited as a struggle between Brussels and the national capitals. But it is fundamentally wrong and potentially fatal for the entire European project, ”writes Piotr Buras, Warsaw Director of ECFR, in a new analysis.
President per. postal vote
The Polish presidential election itself seems to be becoming an increasingly absurd affair. It is scheduled for May 10, and despite Poland, like so many other countries being shut down, the government insists on holding it.
77 percent of Poles would prefer, if the election could be postponed.
But as Jaroslaw Kaczynski himself says to Polish radio, it will be much on the other side of the corona epidemic, where an economic crisis is likely to harden:
“People always blame the authorities for that,” Kaczynski told the New York Times.
Instead, the government will allow everyone to vote.
Although the necessary legislation has not yet been passed by the Senate, which the opposition controls, preparations are already in full swing – and instead of an independent electoral commission, it is the government itself, which stands for it.
The postal workers have warned that it is impossible to deliver the 30 million ballots at people's homes – and collect them again.
But now the director of the postal service and three deputy directors have been fired and replaced with people from the Department of Defense, the Financial Times writes.
Only the president has the opportunity to run an election campaign and the opposition has started calling their own country a banana republic.
»How to vote if you are quarantined? Is it a secret ballot? Who is going to count the votes? ”Asks Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who belongs to the opposition party Citizen Platform, in the Financial Times.
“What the government has planned for May 10 has nothing to do with an election,” says his party in the European Parliament, former EU Council President Donald Tusk, on Tuesday in a video.
Therefore, he has now decided not to vote. Unless he has found a way back to Poland from Brussels, he need not worry at all. The 2.5-3 million registered Polish voters abroad will probably not be able to vote at all.