Macron: Poland ‘goes against European interests’

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday criticised Poland's conservative government for going against Europe's interests and warned Warsaw risked finding itself "on the margins" of the bloc in the future.

Macron: Poland 'goes against European interests'
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) is welcomed by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev (L). AFP
“Poland today is not a country that can show Europe the way, it's a country that has decided to go against European interests in many areas,” Macron said at a press conference in the Bulgarian coastal city of Varna.
“The country is placing itself on the margins of Europe's future history,” he added.
His remarks came after Poland reiterated its rejection to Macron's push to overhaul a controversial EU rule that lets firms send temporary workers from low-wage countries to rich economies without paying local social charges.
Macron: The EU is a 'real step' closer to overhauling controversial cheap labour rule
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Austrian chancellor Christian Kern. AFP
The French president embarked on a three-day tour of eastern and central Europe on Wednesday to win support for reforming the so-called Posted Workers Directive at a Brussels summit on October 19-20.
Wealthy nations like France, Germany and Austria say the rule leads to unfair competition on national labour markets and undercuts local workforces.
Backed by Vienna and Berlin, Paris now wants the duration of these job postings to be limited to 12 months, half the period proposed by the European Commission.
But there has been staunch resistence from poorer EU neighbours in the former communist bloc, where most of the cheap labour comes from.
Poland — the EU member that benefits most from the regulation — wants to keep its current rules intact.
“We will defend our position to the end, because it is a position that is in the interest of Polish workers,” Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told reporters in Warsaw on Thursday.
An estimated 500,000 of its nationals are employed by Polish companies in other EU members.
“I think the Polish prime minister has once again made a strategic error,” Macron said on Friday.
“The Polish people deserve better than this. The prime minister will have a tough time explaining why it is good to pay Polish people bad wages in Poland and elsewhere in Europe.”



Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.