Thousands of Poles took to the streets in the country’s main cities this Sunday to demonstrate against the controversial opinion of the Polish Constitutional Court, which elevates national law above Community law, and to defend the country’s continued existence within the European Union.
In Warsaw, protesters have gathered on the iconic Palace Square, accompanied by Polish and EU flags and slogans such as “We stay!” or “We are Europe!”
There were also demonstrations in cities such as Gdansk, Poznan, Stettin and Krakow, among others called by personalities such as the opposition leader and former President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
Tusk himself appeared in front of the demonstrators and accused the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) of wanting to exclude the country from the EU. “Poland has its place in Europe,” emphasizes Tusk from Warsaw. “We will win because we are the majority,” he added.
The Polish Constitutional Court postponed up to three times on Thursday at the request of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki after the EU Court of Justice (TEU) ruled that the judicial reforms carried out by the government could be a violation of Community law.
In this way, the highest Polish court, chaired by Julia Przylebska, has ruled that some of the community regulations are incompatible with the Polish constitution, reports ‘Rzeczpospolita’.
In mid-July, the EUV questioned some reforms of the Polish government, which is commanded by the Law and Justice Party (PiS), in particular the disciplinary regime for judges.
Tensions between Warsaw and Brussels have increased in recent months, with the PiS even suggesting the possibility of “drastic” measures, given the escalating political pulse, suggesting the country’s continuity within the EU, including the disbursement of the 23,900 planned in the recovery plan Million euros after the pandemic.