Polish president says Central Europe is a community of success

Duda reminded that Europe was a common zone of remembrance, especially in the 20th century. "Europe had suffered from the evil of two totalitarian regimes, namely, a brown one and a red one, which strangled and persecuted its people," he wrote. Piotr Polak/PAP

Modern Central Europe and Poland will become centres of dynamic and positive changes, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has written.

“Today's Central Europe, including Poland, the region's biggest country, is a community of success, and, at the same time, a community of aspirations,” Andrzej Duda wrote in an article published in the Italian business daily Il Sole-24 Ore on Saturday.

"The new decade of the 21st century has just started and it would be a decade of uncertainty, especially with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its economic effects,” he added. “But it would also be a decade of hope."

According to Duda this is a decade of opportunities for "a civilisational and economic reconstruction and for building a better world, more just, more green and obeying the principles of sustainable development."

He wrote that Central Europe and Poland, region’s biggest country, is one of the areas which will become centres of dynamic and positive changes. He added that it is a community of success and aspirations.

According to Poland’s president Central Europe shows that freedom should be seen as a huge and creative strength. He called the three decades that have passed since the breakthrough in the region launched by the Polish Solidarity movement "a story of a great economic, social and civilisational success which had been so rare in the history of the world to happen in such a short time."

Duda reminded that Europe was a common zone of remembrance, especially in the 20th century. "Europe had suffered from the evil of two totalitarian regimes, namely, a brown one and a red one, which strangled and persecuted its people," he wrote.

He recalled great experiences of past centuries, including the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, a precursor of the European Union. "It was a friendly home for many cultures and religions, which was guided by the rule of law, parliamentarism and democracy," Duda wrote.

The article was also published in the Russian business daily RBK on Friday, as part of a project entitled 'Telling the World About Poland. The Decade of Central Europe.'

The project is a recurring campaign appearing in the world's leading newspapers and weeklies, and on the web, in which leading Polish and non-Polish authors, historians, scholars and politicians write about Poland and its affairs.

It is being implemented by the Institute of New Media in cooperation with the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the Foreign Ministry and the Polish Press Agency, PAP. All materials have been published on the www.WszystkoCoNajważniejsze.pl portal.