Polish minister blasts Germany’s post-Brexit approach

Witold Waszczykowski [Bundesministerium/Flickr]

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has criticised Germany’s approach to European policy after the UK’s vote to leave the EU was announced. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Small groups should not take decisions and impose them on everybody else, Waszczykowski told Die Welt, as this is a “recipe for catastrophe”.

Waszczykowski’s German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) met the day after the referendum with his colleagues from the founder member states of the EU.

Steinmeier and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault issued a statement after the meeting calling for a “more flexible” in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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Diplomats outside the group of the six founding members of the Union who have had meetings to discuss the future of the EU spoke ironically about the initiative.

The Polish minister also criticised the college of Commissioners for taking their lead from Berlin, especially on migration policy and its attitude towards Poland.

As a result, he said that the German government is “responsible for the vote of no confidence” many EU countries have shown in the Commission.

It is not just in the United Kingdom where there is strong euroscepticism. Waszczykowski also argued that one of the reasons behind the Brexit vote was excessive interference by the EU institutions in the affairs of its member states.

He added that there is a “danger of a domino effect” and that the bloc now has a need for “new responses to its economic challenges and issues like migration and external and internal security”.

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