Jarosław Kaczyński A Love-Hate Relationship with Merkel

Jarosław Kaczyński, Poland's former Prime Minister and still a highly influential politician, said he agrees with U.S. President Trump's views on the European Union.
Mr. Kaczyński also thinks Angela Merkel is Germany's "best" leader for Poland.

Former Polish Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński left office a few years ago but is still considered Poland's most powerful politician.

Mr. Kaczyński, the chairman of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS), would support nuclear rearmament in the European Union, he told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview published Tuesday. However, plans to make Europe a “nuclear superpower” would probably fail due to the “huge expenditure” needed in order to “keep up with Russia,” Mr. Kaczyński said.

On Tuesday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Warsaw to meet current PM Beata Szydło, Mr. Kaczyński said it was regrettable that Angela Merkel “is absolutely the most powerful leader in the E.U., and that is not a healthy situation.”

He added that when U.S. President Donald Trump said Europe solely serves Germany, it is unfortunately true for the most part. “We need to protect ourselves from mono-centrism,” the former statesman said. “Germany profits from it, others do not.”

Despite this criticism, in Germany's upcoming general election in September, the conservative Mr. Kaczyński said he supported center-right leader Ms. Merkel, saying she is "the best for us.”