Why Poland’s Resistance to Second-Class EU Status May Lead to Its Exit From Bloc

Sputnik News – January 17, 2018

The crisis in relations between Poland and the EU seems to have escalated beyond what either side anticipated. On Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was forced to emphasize that the bloc was “not at war with Poland,” notwithstanding Brussels deployment of Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty, which paves the way to sanctions, up to the deprivation of Poland’s voting rights in the European Council, unless Warsaw mends its ways.

According to Prokudin and Ardaev, to Russian observers, the issue is simple: “Warsaw doesn’t want to be an eternal periphery of the EU or any kind of ‘second-class Europe’.” Polish politicians, on the contrary, “intend to teach European bureaucrats about European and Christian values and, possibly, turn their own country into a new center of power.” But for this to happen, Warsaw would have to take the seemingly unlikely step of making friends with their eastern neighbor, Russia.

Last week, EC president Donald Tusk admitted the possibility of Poland may be the next country to leave the EU, saying that the government in Warsaw may push for “freedom from the burden” of continued membership once EU subsidies run out.

EU heads warm to idea of UK cancelling Brexit

DW – January 16, 2018

As European Union negotiators kicked off preparations for the second round of Brexit talks, European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday urged the UK to rethink its divorce from the bloc.

“Brexit will become a reality, with all its negative consequences, in March next year, unless there is a change of heart among our British friends,” Tusk posted on Twitter. “We here on the continent haven’t had a change of heart. Our hearts are still open to you.”

Unless there is a change of heart among our British friends, will become a reality – with all its negative consequences – March next year. We, here on the continent, haven’t had a change of heart. Our hearts are still open for you.

Picking up on Tusk’s remarks, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, whose executive arm is negotiating the terms of the UK’s departure, said he hoped Brussels’ wishes would be “heard in London.”


Furious protesters BURN EU flags as chaos hits streets of Bulgaria

Chloe Kerr – January 11, 2018

Protests kicked off in Sofia on the same night as Bulgaria takes over its first Presidency of the European Council from January 2018 until June 2018.

EU commissioners are in the city as Bulgaria begins its presidency – and guests at the opening ceremony of the presidency in Sofia, including European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Council head Donald Tusk.

The Sofia Globe reports 11 protests are being held across the city tonight.

Former president Rossen Plevneliev said: “These protests are not a symbol of future political action, but they are telling us something important – the whole political elite has not done its job over the years.”


Is ‘Polexit’ on the cards? Tusk warns Poland may quit EU

DW – January 10, 2018

Donald Tusk, the EU Council president and former prime minister of Poland, warned on Wednesday that Warsaw’s Law and Justice (PiS) government could push the country towards what is already being dubbed in Brussels as “Polexit.”

In an interview in Polish weekly Tygodnik Powszechny, Tusk said that “for PiS the benefit of being in the EU boils down to the balance of payments, with a complete disregard for other benefits like the common market, legal order, guaranteed security, etc.”

He added: “As long as we’re not a net contributor, the game is worth the candle for them. So I can easily imagine a situation where if one day Poland finds itself among the (net) contributors, the Polish government will decide that it’s time to ask Poles if they still want Poland in the EU and then will work hard so that they come to the conclusion that it’s necessary to say goodbye to membership.”

Poland’s nationalist-conservative government has been on a collision course with the EU for around two years, driven mainly by its decision to impose a series of controversial judicial changes that, according to Brussels, threaten to undermine the country’s rule of law and democratic values.


EU leaders formally approve second Brexit phase

DW – December 15, 2017

EU leaders meeting in Brussels said on Friday that the way was clear for the opening of the second phase of Brexit negotiations with the UK.

European Council Donald Tusk announced the agreement on Twitter, at the same time congratulating British Prime Minister Theresa May on having brought the divorce settlement negotiations thus far.

“As for the framework for future relations, it is now time for internal EU 27 preparations and exploratory contacts with the UK to get more clarity on their vision,” Tusk later said, referring to the 27 EU member states that will remain after Britain’s departure.

Friday’s approval gives May a welcome success after she lost a parliamentary vote over giving lawmakers the ultimate say on the final Brexit deal.


A Totalitarian Europe Now on Our Doorstep

Julian Rose – November 6, 2017

Quietly, without most people noticing, the European Commission is moving ahead with a strategy that will arguably make the EU into the first fully operational model of a centralised ‘one state’ supranational authority: ‘A New World Order’; the longstanding neoconservative ambition which lies at the heart of global secret society agendas and US geopolitical hegemony.

The key ingredient of this strategy is the establishment of an ‘EU Treasury’ which, according to Donald Tusk, President of the EU Council, will come into effect in June 2018, under the official title: European Monetary Fund. This will result in the single point control of all EU member state finances.

The plan will involve a further leveraging of the power of the major banks, to consolidate their controlling influence over EU affairs. By combining an ‘EU Treasury’ and a consolidation of banking power, a major step will be taken in the ‘amalgamation of everything’ heist; to be brought under the single umbrella of a Totalitarian Super State. We are talking about individual country’s monetary policies; the military; police forces and intelligence services all being run from a central control unit in Brussels. These will be followed by more of the same – covering almost all areas of administrative control, that were once the domain of individual countries.


EU President Tusk Worried Poland Moving Toward Leaving Bloc

Breitbart London – August 4, 2017

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Donald Tusk, one of the European Union’s top officials, says that he’s worried his native Poland could be moving toward leaving the European Union.

Tusk’s remark Thursday comes as the Euroskeptic ruling Law and Justice party is in open conflict with the EU over an attempted overhaul of the justice system the EU sees as undemocratic and extensive logging in Europe’s last primeval forest. The government has been defiant on both matters, even refusing to adhere to a European Court of Justice ruling to stop the logging.

Tusk told reporters: “It seems to me like a prelude to an announcement that Poland does not need the European Union. I am afraid we are closer than further to that moment.”

Tusk spoke on Thursday after being questioned by prosecutors in Warsaw.


UK election results cast cloud over Brexit talks

DW – June 9, 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May had called Thursday’s snap elections to strengthen her hand in Brussels, but the loss of her Conservative majority has plunged the Brexit process into disarray just over a week before talks are scheduled to begin.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the vote showed just how unpopular May’s Brexit plan was among the public. He added that Britain should rethink how it leaves the EU.

“The message from this vote is: hold fair talks with the EU and think again whether it is really good for Britain to leave the EU in this manner,” he told reporters on Friday, adding that he hoped “a new government will be formed quickly with which we can hold serious negotiations.”

“No government, no negotiations” was what Günther Oettinger, the European commissioner for budget and human resources, told the German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Friday. “With a weak negotiating partner, there is a risk that the negotiations will go badly for both sides,” he said.

EU Council President Donald Tusk was more blunt, warning that even if talks did not have a start date, they will end in March 2019.


Brussels to ‘Make Every Effort’ to Prevent EU States From Following Brexit

Sputnik News – March 29, 2917

Brussels will do everything to prevent other EU countries from following Britain’s example, political expert and representative of the Russian Council for International Affairs Lyudmila Babynina told Sputnik.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has formally begun the process of withdrawing the UK from the European Union by sending a letter of intent to European Council President Donald Tusk, triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and paving the way for the biggest political upheaval in the EU’s history.

According to the provisions of the 50th article of the Lisbon Treaty, Britain will have to leave the Union on March 29, 2019, exactly two years after the official start of the withdrawal process.

Despite concerns that other EU countries may follow the suit, Babynina believes that such a scenario is unlikely.


EU leaders summon bravado as UK launches Brexit

DW – March 29, 2017

Brussels is taking the divorce hard and wants to make sure Britain doesn’t have it easy either. Holding the official letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May aloft on Wednesday, European Council President Donald Tusk was emotional.

“There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels, nor in London,” Tusk told a briefing of reporters shortly after the document was delivered by British Ambassador Sir Tim Farrow. “After all, most Europeans – including almost half of British voters – wish that we would stay together, not drift apart. As for me I will not pretend that I am happy today.”

“It’s the first time that a member state has decided to leave us,” lamented European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. “Although we fully respect the democratic will of the majority of the British people, today is not a good day for Europe.”