The Lithuanian government has warned of possible collateral effects that would mean a “punishment” of Poland by the European Commission, as it assumes that this will happen in a country which, according to surveys, is still predominantly pro-European.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis understands that “Poland would be easily punished” for its alleged drift against the rule of law, but believes that any move in this direction would have a “price”, as he said in statements to Ziniu Radijas. explained.
According to the Lithuanian head of diplomacy, political or financial sanctions would “encourage anti-European sentiments” and “perhaps cause some kind of alienation”. It doesn’t have to be a “Polexit”, as Poland’s hypothetical exit from the community bloc is called, without “some sort of legal alienation,” reports the Bloomberg news agency.
The European Commission, which has already activated the nuclear button on Article 7, which could leave Poland without voting rights in the bloc, is considering, among other things, new measures in response to the recent ruling by the Constitutional Court calling into question the primacy of Community law. Brussels has yet to unlock post-pandemic recovery funds.
Lithuania believes that defending European values is the key to the “survival” of the EU, but at the same time wants to maintain its alliances with a country with which it shares a border. President Gitanas Nauseda said Tuesday the imposition of economic penalties was “morally wrong” and also warned of a possible escalation in the current political pulse.
The controversy over Poland is flying over the summit of heads of state and government, which begins this Thursday in Brussels and at which the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki seeks the support of some partners. His government has confirmed several meetings, including one with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and another with her partners from the Visegrad Group – Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – ”said the PAP agency.