European Union President Donald Tusk has had a busy few days, co-hosting a social policy summit in Gothenberg, Sweden,
But he also found time to tweet about his homeland, Poland, whose government is currently facing possible EU sanctions for policies that are seen as “uneuropean” in Brussels.
The tweet reads: “Alarm! Harsh dispute with Ukraine, isolation in the European Union, departure from the rule of law and courts’ independence, attack on the NGO sector and free media. Is this a Law and Justice strategy
or the Kremlin’s plan? Too similar to sleep peacefully.”
In Polish, and on his personal account, it is a highly unusual attack from the European Council president on an EU member state.
Tusk was immediately criticised by Prime Minister Beata Szydło, who said he had never done anything for his country and was now attacking Poland. The European Commission has begun a legal action against Poland,
citing abuses of the rule of law, and the European Parliament has taken the first formal steps to trigger Article 7, which may suspend a member states’ voting rights for breaking parts of the EU treaty.