Opinion: (Jacek Rostowski, Polish finance minister): “Speaking in Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza on Monday (29 August), the minister said: ‘European elites, including German elites, must decide if they want the euro to survive – even at a high price – or not. If not, we should prepare for a controlled dismantling of the currency zone.’
“He added: ‘We have a simple choice: Solidarity or the collapse of Europe.’
“The Polish minister said the long-term solution to the crisis is deeper integration.
“’The fundamental problem of the eurozone is not an economic but a political one,’ he explained.’The choice is: much deeper macroeconomic integration in the eurozone or its collapse. There is no third way.’
“He also diagnosed two forms of ‘dangerous populism’ at work in EU politics – a southern populism based on financial irresponsibility and a northern one based on lack of solidarity with southern countries.
“But he added that wealthy northern countries as well as non-eurozone EU members will suffer if it falls.
“’It’s hard to imagine anything that would hit the Dutch, German, or Finnish economy harder than the collapse of the banking system in any eurozone country,’ he said. ‘The collapse of the eurozone would [also] be catastrophic for Poland.’”
My Comment: More and more politicians understand that the circumstances compel us to unite. The only question is whether personal and national egoism and national antagonism let them start thinking and discussing tighter unification. Will egoistic interests not obscure the global catastrophe that awaits us if we do not start seeking mutual guarantee?