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Poland’s Prime Minister has ripped into European “elites” for failing to stand up to terrorism across the Continent in a furious attack aimed at Brussels.

Speaking in the Polish parliament, Beata Szydło raged at the terror threat posed to European nations following the Manchester terror attack, in which 22 people were killed at a pop concert.

She called on European leaders to “rise from your knees and from your lethargy or you will be crying over your children every day”.

She said: “We are not going to take part in the madness of the Brussels elite, we want to help the people, not the political elites.

“I have the courage to say and I have the courage to ask all European political elites a question: Where are you headed? Where are you headed, Europe?

“Rise from your knees and from your lethargy or you will be crying over your children every day.”

The politician spoke ahead of a parliamentary vote in which the opposition sought to oust defence minister Antoni Macierewicz.

She said: “If you cannot see that today terrorist danger is a fact that can hurt every country in Europe and you think that Poland should not defend itself, you are going hand in hand with those who point this weapon against Europe, against all of us.

“This is an attack on Europe, on our culture, our tradition. Why am I talking about that? That is a good question because all of us in this room have to answer the question… Do we want politicians that claim that we have to get used to attacks and who describe terrorist attacks as ‘incidents’?

“Or do we want strong politicians that can see a danger and fight against it effectively?”

The passionate speech comes as tensions grow between Poland and the bloc after it refused to take on refugees and the EU threatening legal action against members failing to comply with quotas.