The European Union’s chief executive lashed out against homophobic policies of the nationalist government in Warsaw in saying on Wednesday there was “no place” in the bloc for districts proclaimed “LGBT-free zones” in Poland. “LGBTQI-free zones are humanity free zones. And they have no place in our (European) Union,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told her annual policy speech to the European Parliament. “Breaches of the rule of law cannot be tolerated,” she said.
But the Commission President’s comments were brutally dismantled by Polish MEP Ryszard Antoni Legutko who accused Mrs von der Leyen of “hypocrisy” and “arrogance”.
He blasted: “As usual behind sanctimoniousness there is hypocrisy. What this rule of law policy amounts to is brutal majoritarianism.
“The mainstream majority wants to crush every form of dissent and do not open the door for instruments of the tyranny of the majority, as you promised you would do.
“That was the scariest part of your speech.
“This is already getting uglier and uglier, wilder and more mandatious.
“The European institution wants to switch off democratically constituted institutions of the nation states.
“They instigate internal conflict by endorsing some parties against other parties.
“This is not your business, you shouldn’t do it!”
He added: “This is political arrogance at its worst. Let me conclude: if we continue, if you and your Commission continue the current course, Europe will be wrecked.
“I repeat, Europea will be wrecked.”
He concluded: “Mr Juncker will forever be remembered as the Commission President who lost Britain.
“You, Mrs von der Leyen, must make sure that you are not the President who lost the people of Europe.
“I urge you work with member states not with ideologically driven campaigns masquerading as political groups in this house. Save the European Union from ideology and return it to reality.”
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