Merkel squares up to Macron at final EU summit as Polexit fears cripple bloc

Ms Merkel, 67, urged her counterparts to relax tensions as Polexit fears continue to grow. The outgoing Chancellor said the EU must learn from Brexit, saying the UK’s departure could have been avoided.

In her 107th summit, Ms Merkel said: “Germany does not want to have a Polexit.

“Poland’s place is in the middle of Europe.

“We must not talk about how to isolate. We must try to fix the problem.”

President Emmanuel Macron, Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, and David Sassoli have all united in the Parliament with a unified call for Poland to be punished in the “coming weeks”.

A French diplomatic source told The Telegraph: “We will quickly move on to the next stage, which is the determination of a serious violation of the rule of law, which requires a four-fifths majority.

“This isn’t financial blackmail — it’s a response to fundamental principles, including judicial independence.”

Mr Rutte said: “I think we have to be tough…This is to do with the foundations of our democracies in this part of the world, here we cannot negotiate.”

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He wrote: “I wish to reassure you that Poland remains a loyal member of the European.

“Poland respects this law and recognises its primacy over national laws, pursuant to all our obligations under the Treaty on European Union.

“At the same time, however, I want to make you concerned – and draw your attention to a dangerous phenomenon that threatens the future of our union.”

The Prime Minister ended his letter with a quote from the founding father of the European Union concept, Jean Monnet which read: “Make men work together; show them that beyond their differences and geographical boundaries, there lies a common interest.”

Micheal Martin, Ireland’s prime minister also believes that the EU must take effective measures against Poland.

Mr Martin said: “We are extremely disappointed with developments and how things have transpired and we believe the situation needs to be resolved in favour of the rule of law.”

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