* Poland: Incoming PM Mateusz Morawiecki says Poland will not bow to ‘nasty threats’ from Brussels. He also wants to re-Christianize the EU and is in no hurry to adopt the euro.
– Mateusz Morawiecki gave his first interview since being nominated as Beata Szydło’s replacement. After these comments, we expect more “fits of rage” from the liberal media and opposition.
“We are a part of the European Union but we want to transform it, to re-Christianize it. This is my dream,” he said. “We are building Poland as a strong, efficient state, but also a state that incorporates universal and Christian values. We will defend them, as well as our uniqueness, against the background — unfortunately, we must say — of laicization [defrocking of the clergy] and falling into deeper consumerism, lack of principles, lack of values which is a prevailing feature now in Western Europe,” he said.
Asked about the possible loss of EU cohesion funds as a punishment for Warsaw’s independent thought and rejection of EU migrant quotas, Morawiecki said: “These are nasty threats. Poland is a proud and great nation and we will not allow this sort of blackmail.”
When asked if he planned to move ahead with Poland adopting the euro, he replied: “We certainly are not in a hurry to join the eurozone as it is experiencing problems now and has many limitations. We should stay with the national currency.”
Morawiecki said his government would continue the generous social agenda of the outgoing Cabinet but added that he wanted “to do even more work internationally in order to peel off these very unjust labels that some people try to stick on us.”
** The V4 Report admired PM Beata Szydlo (please see our earlier post from today) and did not wish to see her replaced. However, this does not automatically imply that the new PM is a step backwards, nor can we know the full strategy behind the decision. We do know that Morawiecki was very successful as the Minister of Finance and that Poland is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe.
Poland is growing into an economic and political force. As they transform themselves from an emerging market economy to a more developed market (one financial agency has already upgraded their status), Poland will need an international economic roadmap that extends beyond the EU. This is not about pleasing the small leaders of Brussels; Poland has a much bigger and broader vision.
*** Regardless of who leads Poland, the media will continue their vicious attacks on the PiS. We would use caution when reading their anti-V4 spin. Many of these think tanks and periodicals funded by Open Society are designed to undermine Visegrad. Some were trying to push a “socialist coalition” between Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia to isolate Hungary and Poland. This was always “a reach” to begin with, but quickly disintegrated when two of the three socialist leaders were defeated and rejected in Austria and Czech Republic. Only Robert Fico is left and he does not even know what he is. ?
Change has occurred in Poland. Many are uneasy about this move and this is understandable. However, it is a reality and we must move on. The V4 Report is ready to support the new PM in strengthening both Poland and Visegrad.
However, it will not be easy to follow in the footsteps of Szydlo, who “set the bar” high by helping to establish a solid foundation for Poland to build upon in the future.
Thank you, Beata.
Support for Morawiecki.