Polish foreign minister accuses EU of double standard. Where would he get such an idea? 😉
“In the European Union, there are two different standards that are applied, and we disagree with that division,” Czaputowicz said, before noting out several instances in which larger member states, particularly Germany and France, had broken EU rules.
Matteo Salvini has suggested the same on multiple occasions regarding the EU’s ‘Golden child’ in Paris.
– Czaputowicz cited a ruling by the ECJ in May that found that Germany’s state prosecutors, who are appointed and can be overruled by the justice minister, are not sufficiently independent. As a result, the ECJ said German prosecutors could not issue European arrest warrants.
“Our state prosecutors are much more independent than the ones in Germany, because the executive in Germany directly names judges — that would not be possible in our country,” Czaputowicz said. “They are politicized. There are different solutions in the European Union, so it is impossible to say that this solution or another solution is wrong.”
Eckart Klein, former professor of European and international law at the University of Potsdam, conceded that the Polish foreign minister had a point. “These accusations aren’t completely unjustified,” he told DW. “Our state prosecutors are officially civil servants, and don’t have the same status as judges.”
It is also true, Klein said, that Germany’s federal prosecutor is directly accountable to the Justice Ministry and that state-level prosecutors are “essentially bound by instructions” from their ministries.
* The main principle stand for the V4 Report revolves around a nation state’s independence and freedom to make its own decisions.