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State of the Union: Why Poland is not (yet) leaving the EU

State of the Union: Why Poland is not (yet) leaving the EU

State of the Union: Why Poland is not (yet) leaving the EU

Donald Trump is furious these days. First, he lost the election, then the US will not win the global vaccine race. It is particularly humiliating for Trump to have been defeated by Europe ... well, by the British.

This week, the UK became the first western country to approve a coronavirus vaccine - a product made by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. 

The administration of millions of doses to health workers and the elderly is due to begin on Monday. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has to fend off internal party attacks because of his lockdown measures, warned the population against too much optimism. 

Because being the first also means venturing into the unknown.

Also Read: Corona vaccine what's the status in Europe

Meanwhile, Europe faces tens of thousands of newly infected people and thousands of deaths every day - including this week France's ex-President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. It looks like the EU will get vaccinations faster than economic bailouts. 

Poland and Hungary continue to block the release of the funds because the EU wants to make payments dependent on respect for the rule of law in the future.

In Poland, voices from the government camp are uttering ever louder anti-EU tones. It is time to realize that Poland does not fit into the liberal community of values ​​of the EU, it is said. And suddenly there is an unmistakable term in the debate about Poland's future: Polexit.

Why Poland is not (yet) leaving the EU

The following interview with Tomasz Bielecki, the Brussels correspondent for the Warsaw daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

Reporter: The Polish opposition has warned that anti-European rhetoric could lead to Poland leaving the EU - something that the Deputy Foreign Minister has called “political fiction”. How serious is the talk of the Polexit?

Bielecki: I think that's a little exaggerated. But the debate about the EU in Poland, for example in the state mass media, is becoming more and more similar to what it was in Great Britain years before Brexit. I have no doubt that this debate is risky in Poland, but not for the next few years. Polexit is a threat for the future, but not for the immediate future.

Reporter: Let's say Poland leaves the EU. How would the country fare alone afterward in a world without Trump?

Bielecki: If Poland were to leave the EU, it would have a bleak future. The Polish-American alliance is of course very strong, but it is very asymmetrical. America is of course much more important to Poland than the other way around. Being integrated into the EU is Poland's second pillar alongside its alliance with its close but distant friend America. And leaving this western structure would be suicide for Poland.

Reporter: The Polish government doesn't seem to like the EU, its institutions, its officials and its liberal values. Then why does she want to stay inside?

Bielecki: There is a simple explanation. Yes, it is true, the government uses eurosceptic and anti-EU rhetoric, but more than 80 percent of Poles support EU membership in opinion polls. And that for many years, since joining. More than 80 percent! Why? Because of our geography, because of our culture claims to be part of the West, but also because of the generous financial support from the EU to our rural areas, our industry, and our government.

Source: euro news

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