12:45 Apr. 28, 2016
Witold Waszczykowski says there is no reason to organize a referendum on Poland's E.U. membership
Foreign Minister of Poland Witold Waszczykowski has rejected claims that the current government would like to take Poland out of the European Union, Radio Poland reports.
His denial follows a comment by Grzegorz Schetyna, leader of opposition party Civic Platform, who said that "if someone offends partners in the European Union, it means that they want to turn Poland away from Europe."
"We do not want to take Poland out of the European Union," Waszczykowski said.
Asked whether the ruling Law and Justice party intends to call for a referendum on Poland's membership of the E.U., he rejected such a possibility.
On 13 April, the European Parliament passed a resolution warning that the "effective paralysis" of Poland's Constitutional Tribunal endangers the rule of law, democracy and human rights in the country.
A delegation of the Venice Commision, an arm of the Council of Europe, is in Warsaw on Thursday and Friday (April 28 ad 29) for the second time this year, in this instance probing amendments to Poland's so-called 'Police Bill.'
Schetyna's comment follows remarks a fortnight ago by former president of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski (1995-2005), who told Radio Zet that "perhaps soon" members of Law and Justice will "openly say that they want to leave the European Union."