The president of the European Parliament has described political events in Poland as having the “characteristics of a coup”, causing the second diplomatic row between himself and Warsaw in a month.
Martin Schulz expressed alarm on Monday over the “dramatic” political situation in Poland triggered by a battle for power over the country’s supreme court.
The president told Deutschlandfunk radio in Germany: “What is happening in Poland has the character of a coup d’etat and is dramatic. I assume that this week or in January at the latest, we will have to discuss this extensively in the European Parliament.”
His comments were swiftly criticised by Beata Szydlo, the Polish prime minister from the ruling Law and Justice party, who demanded an apology for the “unacceptable” comments.
Remarkably, some Poles don’t like fat German socialists.
Odd that, really.