Europe needs solidarity during crisis - Polish PM

Morawiecki pointed out possible solutions to problems related to the epidemic. Maciej Kulczyński/PAP

The coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences have an incomparably greater dimension than all crises in the last century therefore Europe needs solidarity and cooperation, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) German daily.

"The example best illustrating the scale of the challenge is the unprecedented number of unemployed in the US, reaching 38.6 million after seven weeks of pandemics," Morawiecki said in an interview published in the Tuesday issue of the daily.

In his opinion, the "tightening the belt" policy pursued during crises from 2007 to 2013, did not pass the test, so in the face of the current crisis, "the EU response must be unequivocal and provide our continent with a lever for development."

In order to avoid further economic divisions, especially between old and young European Union countries, one must adopt a united front: "Only by playing as a team are we able to achieve a good European result," he said. "The coronavirus pandemic affected all of Europe equally, so the response should also be equitable," he added.

According to the Polish prime minister, Poland and other countries of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia - PAP), "which have been developing rapidly in recent years (...) may bring more strength and freshness to the European community in this difficult time."

As regards the concept of EU financing of the fight against the crisis, Morawiecki said that Poland is for implementing the flexibility principle in the bloc through "unity in diversity".

"It is obvious that countries with a traditionally large role in tourism will need other support tools than countries whose domestic product is generated by the car industry," he added.

Morawiecki pointed out possible solutions to problems related to the epidemic. "If we are able to adopt the reconstruction programme quickly, the new European Marshall Plan, then we can transform the post-Covid collapse into success and strengthen the European Union," he said.

The Polish PM also pointed to the need for Euro-Atlantic cooperation if the values shared by Europe and the US "such as democracy, freedom, human dignity and human rights" are to be preserved and developed.

"We live in times of change, instability (...). Europe must take care of its security. The architecture of European and the world order is difficult to imagine without the participation of the United States. Good, reasonable cooperation between the USA and Europe is a prerequisite for a just world order, " Morawiecki said.