On arrival at the EU summit in Brussels, Angela Merkel said the rule of law is part of the core of the existence of the EU.
Ms Merkel said: “We have to find ways and possibilities to come together on this.
“Because a cascade of legal disputes before the ECJ is not a solution to the problem of how the rule of law can be experienced.
“And I believe next to the core of the rule of law, where I of course support what the Commission is doing, behind this we have a problem we should take very seriously.
“And that is the question of how do the individual member states envision the EU? Is it the ever-closer union on one side, or is it a stronger role for the nation state?
“And this is certainly not just a topic between Poland and the EU, this is also discussed in other member states. Normally the conference on Europe would be a good place to discuss these questions together.”