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Replying to pressure from the European Union to accept hundreds of thousands of economic migrants and ‘refugees,’ the head of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) in Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said that Poland had a moral right to say no.
“We have not exploited the countries from which these refugees are coming to Europe these days, we have not used their labor force and finally we have not invited them to Europe. We have a full moral right to say ‘no’,” he said while giving a speech to a party convention in Przysucha, reported Reuters.
“The fact that we appreciate them (the funds), does not mean that we have lost the right to various assessments, including those regarding the historical context,” Kaczynski said.
The EU Parliament has initiated legal proceedings against Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary over their refusal to take the migrants now temporarily held in the Balkans. Brussels could impose financial penalties.
Kaczynski said the Poland appreciated funds from the EU but added that Poland has never received any compensation for the losses it suffered during the Second World War.
The party leader also added that Poland needs to reduce the percentage of foreign labor in the country.