The Polish government has been roundly criticised for its stance on a number of EU issues recently – the veto of the EU-Russia Treaty for example. I had perhaps naively assumed that the problems stemmed largely from the positions of the Law & Justice Party that is currently predominant in Warsaw, or at least those on the right of Polish politics.
However, while sat here at the PES Activists’ introductory meeting earlier on, it became clear that the euroscepticism is more all-pervasive in and systematised in Polish politics. It is currently impossible for any non-Polish citizen to join any Polish political party – it is prohibited by law! This is absolutely ludicrous. I wonder whether this is in any way contrary to European law? Or have parties been so scared about European integration that party politics has somehow managed to escape the rules that apply to everything else? Can someone enlighten me in the comments? Perhaps the PES should work to do something to right these sorts of anomalies.
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