France and Germany have pledged to back the European Commission if it sanctioned Poland next week.
“If the commission thinks it has to trigger the [sanctions] procedure, we have a very clear and consistent position – we’ll support the commission,” French president Emmanuel Macron said in Brussels on Friday (15 December).
German chancellor Angela Merkel said: “If the commission considers it is forced to resort [to sanctions], we would also support the commission”.
They spoke at a joint briefing at the EU summit amid a long-standing dispute on Poland’s judicial reforms.
The commission has threatened to declare, next Wednesday, that Poland is in breach of EU values due to the Polish government’s apparent attempts to seize control over the country’s courts and judges.
The procedure could end in the suspension of Poland’s voting rights in the EU Council – an unprecedented event in EU history – but France and Germany said every effort would be made to avoid that.
“I wish that Poland would remove its ambiguities [on rule of law]. My perception is that this is the intention of the new [Polish] prime minister. We have to give a chance to these discussions,” Macron said.
Merkel said: “I’ll do anything I can in order to work well together with the new Polish prime minister. The better the cooperation with Poland, the better for Europe.”
Full article: Macron and Merkel take tough line on Poland (euobserver)