Mateusz Morawiecki

Global outrage as Belarus diverts flight, arrests opposition activist

Belarus forced a passenger plane carrying a wanted opposition activist to divert and land in its capital, provoking a furious outcry from world leaders who described it as an "act of state terrorism" ahead of an EU summit on May 24 expected to toughen sanctions on Minsk.

PM Citu, Polish counterpart discuss trade, energy co-operation as priorities on bilateral agenda

On Thursday, Romania's Prime Minister Florin Citu had a telephone conversation with his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, during which current items on the Romanian-Polish agenda - cooperation in trade and investment - were addressed along with the energy dimension that together with the continuation of close defence and security collaboration are priority items on the bilateral agenda.

Zbigniew Ziobro’s Game of Thrones

He has certainly made the headlines recently. In late March he gave an interview to the far-right weekly Sieci, in which he openly accused the prime minister, his nominal boss, of implementing policies more in tune with the opposition. Mateusz Morawiecki, he said, "is a skilled politician who knows how to convince the PiS leadership to run a policy contradictory to the 2014 agenda".

Democracy Digest: Holdup in EU Recovery Fund Averted as Polish Parties Strike Deal

Ziobro argued that the measures to allow the EU to generate "own resources" for the plan (ie. issue debt) would lead to a further - unacceptable, in his view - erosion of national sovereignty. Also, as the architect of the PiS's controversial justice reforms, he did not like the rule-of-law conditionality that the European Commission has attached to the disbursement of funds from the RRF.

Poland’s Medical Team to Vaccinate NATO Staff with AstraZeneca

 Over 20 Polish medics will fly to Brussels on Thursday to vaccinate 3,500 employees of the NATO Headquarters using the newly resumed AstraZeneca vaccine. Poland received an official invitation from NATO to carry COVID-19 vaccinations at the military bloc's headquarters in Brussels, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Sunday.

Fidesz Flounces Out of EPP

"The governing body of Fidesz has decided to leave the EPP Group immediately," Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote in a letter to Manfred Weber, chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. "The amendments to the rules of the EPP Group are clearly a hostile move against Fidesz and our voters."

‘Polexit’ Sign Appears at End of Long Corridor

A few weeks later, after a successful European Council summit, which agreed a compromise solution over the rule-of-law conditionality that EU institutions want to impose on EU funds, Morawiecki was hailing it as a victory for Poland: "Thank you [Hungarian Prime Minister] Viktor Orban for our cooperation for the best budget for Poland and the fight to keep the agreed conditions."