In his five-point plan, Morawiecki recognises that the European Union is currently “stuck in a vicious cycle of crises”, noting that if there is any hoping of breaking this pattern, the EU must urgently change course after the European Parliament elections in May.
The full plan was published on Tuesday by Politico as an interview, in which the Prime Minister explains the EU must start to boost innovation, fight inequality, fight against monopolies and protectionism, raise spending, and protect borders and democracy. Some of his demands fit the narrative of Western European (and American) media that claims Poland is nationalistic and evil (namely, protecting borders – given how unpopular that seems to be these days), but much of it disproves lies about Poland’s current ruling party. The Law and Justice Party has long been attacked by international press and far-left activists for being ‘far right’, but Morawiecki’s plan for tackling inequality and fighting protectionism shows these claims to be false.
The Prime Minister explained:
"We have experienced many crises in the past, but the situation we find ourselves in today is by far the most serious. Brexit, subsequent waves of migration, terrorism, economic slowdown, public debt in many member states — all these have raised serious doubts about the future of the European project among its citizens…the answer to these crises in Brussels has been to centralise power, forget about democracy, transparency and accountability, and disregard national sovereignty…it is an approach that is dangerously minded”.
And he’s right. This behaviour is what led the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union. If it doesn’t change any time soon, the union is bound to collapse. Some in Poland want that to happen, of course – though many conservatives consider the union to be a safety net which Poland can benefit greatly from.
If recent history is to go by, however, the European Union is digging its own grave. For as long as the EU tries to stop Poland from asserting its autonomy, it will push the Polish people further away from the project and potentially trigger a number of other exits from their political project entirely.
The full interview with Mateusz Morawiecki can be found here.
Author: Jack Buckby
Source: Poland Daily