Poland’s EU affairs minister accused the European Commission of a “massive power grab” over the executive’s plans to link some funds to respect for the rule of law – highlighting the concerns of those countries that feel targeted by the proposal.

EU affairs ministers on Monday (14 May) had their first chance to discuss the commission’s proposal for the next seven-year EU budget, which for the first time involves the idea of tying the disbursement of EU funds to member states’ record on upholding the rule of law.

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