To diffuse a diplomatic row with Poland, Germany explained on November 4 that statements made by its defence minister were taken out of context.

Poland accused German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen of interference after she called for supporting “the healthy democratic resistance of the young generation” in Poland.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, a spokesman for von der Leyen said the comments had been misinterpreted and the minister had instead praised Poland’s achievements since the fall of communism and called for a more inclusive approach to European integration.

“The defence minister’s quote was changed in social media and ripped out of context,” a spokesman for von der Leyen told Reuters on November 4.

“Mrs von der Leyen has emphasised that the EU is an inclusive process, which is about securing and consolidating the common values of the EU and dealing with all positions.”

The Polish reform of the courts would give nearly a free hand to the ruling conservatives in picking the country’s top judges.