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The vicious attack came from the head of the country’s ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczyński. Speaking to the extremely-oriented Polish daily GPC, he said that some peoples “are not enthusiastic about the prospect of a German Fourth Empire being built on the basis of the EU”.

He added: “If we Poles agreed with this kind of modern submission, we would be degraded in various ways.”

Mr Kaczyński also warned that the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) was being used as an “instrument” to pursue a federal project for the bloc.

The attack comes after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moraqiecki and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier this month clashed over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that supplies natural gas from Russia to Germany.

Mr Scholz said his government was committed to protecting Ukraine’s role as a transit route for gas in Europe as Russian troop movements along the Ukrainian border increased pressure on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Nord Stream 2, which would carry Russian gas to Germany and bypass Ukraine, is not certified due to regulatory barriers, while Poland and the US demanded a halt from the pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine.

The new German government has not made a public commitment to block it.

During his first visit to Poland as Chancellor, Mr Scholz said that Germany felt responsible for ensuring the success of Ukraine’s gas transit company, as far as its predecessor Angela Merkel was concerned.

He said: “The same goes for future opportunities.

“We will also help Ukraine to be a country that will be a major source of renewable energy and the necessary production that results from it. We are in concrete talks on how we can help that.”

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The dispute led to the EU Commission’s decision to withdraw funds for Warsaw before the end of the year.

European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said in early December: “Approval work is ongoing. It is unlikely we will be able to finalize it this year.”

He spoke at the end of the meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels.

If the plans were approved, Poland would be entitled to a first tranche of 13 percent of the total € 23.9 billion in subsidies it will receive over the next five years.

Under pressure from Parliament and the Member States, the Commission has set conditions for the release of EU funds.

Brussels wants firm commitments to guarantee the independence of the judicial system for Warsaw.

Tensions have been high with the government of Mateuzs Morawiecki since the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that certain articles of the EU treaties are “incompatible” with the national constitution.

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