Poland – The abstention of the Civic Coalition (KO) in the Sejm vote on the European Recovery Plan ratification law seems to have accentuated the deepening identity crisis experienced by the main partner in this coalition of liberals and greens: the Civic Platform (PO), the party that was led by Donald Tusk before his departure for Brussels in 2014. The other opposition parties (apart from the sovereignists of the Confederation –Konfederacja), faithful to their pro-EU line, voted in favor of ratification.
The proposal in the Senate to amend this ratification law, which consists of two articles (one to authorize the Recovery Plan’s ratification by the President and one to indicate its date of entry into force), to add conditions on Poland’s joining the European Prosecutor’s Office and on the way in which European funds are to be used, has been strongly criticized, including within those opposition parties that favor more European integration, of which the PO is one. However, it is Marshal (President) of the Senate Tomasz Grodzki of the PO who is defending this idea and who has announced the postponement of the Senate’s debate on the ratification bill to May 27. Even the former vice-president of the Constitutional Court Stanisław Biernat, who is usually seen as an authority in the ranks of the opposition due to his hostility to PiS, believes that a ratification law cannot be amended and that the Senate, on the initiative of the PO and Grodzki, is about to break the law, while any amendments will be rejected by the Sejm anyway.
Thus, the Civic Platform, which presents itself as strongly pro-EU and increasingly Eurofederalist, is knowingly delaying ratification, after abstaining from the vote in the Sejm and having had very harsh words for the Left (Lewica), which had announced its support for ratification. The message is likely to be difficult to interpret for the pro-EU, liberal voters of that party, which is now being criticized by its opposition partners for its attitude of “total” opposition, focused on an exclusively “anti-PiS” strategy.