The Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has urged Europe to hold together more closely in the current crisis. "I hope above all that solidarity in Europe gets back more weight," Tusk said at the awarding of the „Karlspreis“ in Aachen, in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. At the same time he called for more budgetary discipline in clear terms in the euro-member states: "Every state needs to adjust its own finances. It is crucial that the Maastricht criteria apply to all, especially for the members of the euro area." 20 years ago Poland was bankrupt, Mr Tusk said. "But we pulled ourselves out of the swamp."
Despite the current crisis Mr Tusk will keep on adopting the Euro as soon as possible. "One year ago, the Polish zloty became the target of a very aggressive wave of speculation. This experience has taught us that we should join the euro zone as soon as possible. We try to keep the time that we need to meet all the criteria to assess realistic. We will enter the euro area if we are able to do so. " A specific date was not mentioned by Mr Tusk.
He sees a more coordinated EU policy in the future and is open to an economic government. "If Europe really wants to be recognized, it must be both economically and politically into a cohesive entity." In addition to greater integration in the fields of defense, foreign policy and energy are driven by the Poland's EU presidency next year.
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Karlspreisträger Donald Tusk im Interview