Poland said it blocked a bid by hundreds of migrants to illegally enter the country from Belarus on Nov. 8, warning of an "armed" escalation as thousands more massed near the border.
As the latest grim chapter of Europe's migrant crisis unfolded, Washington and Brussels called on Minsk to stop what they described as an orchestrated influx.
Migrants massed on the Belarusian side of the border with Poland: Image: Polish Ministry of Defence
The Polish government called an extraordinary meeting of the crisis management team for 1pm Central Europe Time (CET). At the time of publishing, the standoff on the ground appears to be stable, with no major incidents as yet.
Former first ladies, Jolanta Kwaśniewska and Anna Komorowska, spoke during the protest in Michałowo, eastern Poland, on October 23, 2021. Photo: Attila Husejnow A woman standing next to an armed border guard, holds a placard that reads "This time a Polish extermination camp" during the protest in Michałowo, eastern Poland, on October 23, 2021. Photo: Attila Husejnow
Like all 27 EU member states, Poland accepted the supremacy of EU Treaties when it joined back in 2004. Those basic tenets have not changed since. What did change, however, is that, of late, rulings handed down by the CJEU have begun interfering with the Polish government's takeover of the judiciary - a process which has been happening since 2015.