Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Discrimination! Polish prime minister accuses European Union of 'DISCRIMINATING' against member states

Discrimination! Polish prime minister accuses European Union of 'DISCRIMINATING' against member states

Commentators in Poland also argued that there are good reasons for Polish wariness about Salvini, who is seen as overly pro-Russian by many people in Poland, which has suffered under Moscow's rule for most of the past two centuries.

All three leaders - Orban, Kaczynski and Salvini - say they want to keep out migrants to preserve Europe's Christian heritage and protect their citizens' security. "But that doesn't mean that he wants to build an alliance with forces that want Europe to move in a direction that from a geopolitical point of view would not be acceptable to Poland".

Matteo Salvini talks to reporters in Warsaw.

"The Europe that will come to form in June (after May's European Parliament elections) will lead us all than the one that exists today and is run by bureaucrats".

Salvini was speaking during a trip in which he held talks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński. "We are preparing for a new equilibrium and a new energy in Europe. And Poland and Italy will be the protagonists of this new European spring, of this rebirth of true European values".

After several requests from Malta, when the Italian and Maltese experts eventually got together to decide the modalities to fulfil these pledges it was agreed that since both countries had agreed to take the same amount from each other and since these migrants are human beings who had already suffered a hard crossing and rescue, that rather than have them undergo another voyage to another state, each country would retain 50 and thus fulfil its pledges by cancelling each other's pledge. He said the deal would only encourage human traffickers to launch more unseaworthy boats across the Mediterranean, reiterating his longstanding opposition to accepting any more new arrivals.

Both populist governments have been embroiled in conflicts with Brussels over topics of national sovereignty.

Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini hit back on Thursday after the Maltese government expressed "disdain and surprise at the inaccurate allegations" it said were made by him over the management of asylum seekers.

Poland became a member of the European Union in 2004 and in recent years it has been at odds with Brussels over policies Warsaw implemented such as changes to its judiciary system.

Salvini's anti-immigration League party has ruled in coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement since a general election past year.

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