Europe

Official: Poland needs less trust in EU, bolder policy

  • German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, left, and Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski meet in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, left, and Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski meet in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, left, and Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski meet in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, left, and Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski meet in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • European Council President Donald Tusk listens to questions during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 10, 2017. EU leaders are debating the future of their bloc as Britain eyes the exit door and far-right parties look to get strong results in upcoming elections. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    European Council President Donald Tusk listens to questions during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 10, 2017. EU leaders are debating the future of their bloc as Britain eyes the exit door and far-right parties look to get strong results in upcoming elections. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

Poland's foreign minister says the government needs to have less confidence in the European Union and make its policy more aggressive.

Witold Waszczykowski said, however, that Poland wants to remain in the EU, which it joined in 2004.

He was quoted by the Super Express tabloid Saturday, following an EU summit that was marked by Poland's ire over the re-election of Donald Tusk, a Pole, for a top EU job. Warsaw protested against Tusk because of Poland's internal politics.

Waszczykowski said the EU policy at the summit was of "double standards and deceptions." He insisted Poland had hoped for understanding and support, but got none.

He said Poland must now "drastically lower the level of trust toward the EU. And start negative politics," like blocking initiatives of other member states.