Thursday, December 20, 2018

Poland rightfully RAGES at Macron’s fascist French disaster - Surprisingly calls him ‘EUROPE’S SICK MAN!’

FRANCE is the “sick man of Europe” and its problems could have a devastating impact on the European Union, Poland’s foreign minister said, citing the “yellow vest” anti-government rebellion and last week’s jihadist attack.
Paris and Warsaw have been at loggerheads for years with France openly criticising Poland’s controversial judicial reforms, which it says threaten the independence of the judiciary. Jacek Czaputowicz told the Polish television channel Polsat News: “France is the sick man of Europe – it is dragging the bloc down – while Poland is a bright spot [in Europe]. The terrorist attack proves that something is not right in France, the protests over the past weeks, President Macron’s withdrawal on state reforms – it’s sad. 

“If at the same time, you are lecturing Poland, then something is not right. You must first put your own country in order.” 

France’s europhile leader Emmanuel Macron last week was forced to put the brakes on his reform drive and announce conciliatory measures to quell the citizen-driven “yellow vest” movement after weeks of often violent protests that have shaken the country to its core. 
The protest movement, named after the fluorescent jackets all French drivers must carry in their cars in the event of a breakdown, started last month as a backlash against planned fuel tax hikes and rising living costs, but has snowballed into a wider revolt against M Macron’s liberal economic policies and perceived elitism. 

“I think there is a major threat to the rule of law in France, namely the deficit on public finances,” Mr Czaputowicz continued, referring to the “yellow vest” concessions which are expected to cost up to £9billion (€10billion) and push France back over the EU deficit limit of 3 percent of national output.

Mr Czaputowicz was also referring to the terrorist attack on a popular Christmas market in the eastern town of Strasbourg. 

Chérif Chekatt, a 29-year-old French jihadist, opened fire on the market last Tuesday, killing five people, including a 36-year-old Polish national who died of his wounds on Sunday. 

Mr Chekatt was known to have become radicalised during his time in prison and had been on the French government’s “Fiche S” terrorism watchlist since 2016.

But he had never been convicted of a terror-related crime.  

Mr Czaputowicz’s criticism of France and the Macron government reflects long-standing tensions between Paris and Warsaw since the conservative populist Law and Justice (PiS) government took power in Poland in 2015. 

More recently, Mr Macron, a young centrist who has positioned himself as a bulwark against the extremes, has been bitterly critical of Poland’s controversial judicial reforms, which the European Union says pose a threat to the independence of the judiciary. 

But relations between the two countries were strained even before Mr Macron won power in May 2017. 

Relations first soured in October 2016 after Poland called off a multi-million euro deal with France’s Airbus to buy 50 of its Caracal helicopters. 

Poland’s previous centrist government had agreed to buy the utility helicopters in April 2015 as part of efforts to modernise its military at a time of tensions with Russia, but the deal was scrapped by the right-wing PiS. 

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