Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykovski visited the Netherlands for the annual Polish-Dutch dialogue and used the opportunity to present his views on the European Union at a public meeting in House Clingendael on October 31, 2017.
He emphasised that within the EU the preservation and strengthening of the role of the nation state should have priority. His government opposes the further development of a two speed Europe.
"Today we find ourselves at the crossroads. We have reached a critical point, when the decision on the future of the European Union must be taken. It has to be the outcome of our joint efforts to elaborate the common vision. Poland is actively contributing to this debate."
During the debate the minister was criticised for his strong protest against any interference of the European Commission with the rule of law in Poland. He denied that his country has become isolated in reaction to questions about the Polish position. A large majority of his people wants to remain in the EU, he concluded.