Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz did not mince his words. He criticised European Union institutions for constantly working against the Polish government.

According to Czaputowicz, even though Poland is a “positive example” of a nation without strong anti-European forces in its parliament, steps taken by EU institutions are meant to “hurt Polish authorities as much as possible,” according to the minister.

“The European commonwealth is functioning badly,” Czaputowicz said on the RMF Radio when asked about the EU elections. “The EU can’t conduct actions which don’t have public acceptance.”

As reported by Bloomberg, the comments came just days before the ruling party Chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski meets Italy’s Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini, a member of a populist government that was also embroiled in a confrontation with the EU over its budget.

Czaputowicz said the January 9 meeting with Salvini, the leader of the far-right League in Italy, is justified and needed.

“We have to discuss the issues relating to elections to the European Parliament as well as the state of our relations,” said the minister.