Poland's president wants legal guarantees securing present shape of new EU treaty
Legal guarantees are needed to prevent future changes to the European Union's new treaty, the Polish president said Sunday — marking a sharp contrast with his country's own government. President Lech Kaczynski warned that the treaty should not be ratified until special measures were included in the ratification bill to ensure Poland's sovereignty and prevent future changes to the so-called Lisbon Treaty — which sets out rules for running the EU and replaces a draft EU constitution that was rejected by France and the Netherlands in 2005. Kaczynski had been among the EU treaty's fiercest challengers, which helped Poland win major concessions from fellow EU countries in the final draft. Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has vowed that Poland would be among the first of the 27 EU member states to ratify the treaty.
But Kaczynski's comments on Sunday suggest the country's opposition — led by Kaczynski's twin brother and former prime minister, Jaroslaw Kaczynski — is demanding even more assurances.