WARSAW, Poland: Toughening its rhetoric in its rule-of-law row with the European Union, Poland's national-conservative government threatened to turn "all our cannons" on the European Commission and build a coalition to unseat its president, if required.
Krzysztof Sobolewski, general secretary of the ruling Law and Justice party, said if the EU executive "tries to push us against the wall, we will have no choice but to pull out all the weapons in our arsenal" and respond "an eye for an eye."
If the commission did not release 35 billion euros in pandemic relief funds, Warsaw would take legal action against Brussels, veto European Union initiatives and assemble an alliance to dismiss Ursula von der Leyen and other commissioners, Sobolewski told Polish state radio.
In an interview with Sieci magazine in June, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who resigned as deputy prime minister but remains the chair of the party and Poland's de facto leader, said that Warsaw had "no reason to fulfill its obligations" to the EU.
"We have shown maximum goodwill, but our concessions have yielded nothing. On our part it was kept, on their part it was broken," Kaczynski said.
For months, Brussels has demanded that Poland meet a series of rule-of-law "milestones" before the grants and loans that are part of the recovery funds can be delivered.
Last month, the Polish government closed down a controversial disciplinary chamber for judges.
However, its new judicial policies are widely viewed to contravene EU standards.
Von der Leyen stressed that Poland must do more to justify releasing a first tranche of EU funds.